Water Summit

The summit will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. It will bring together water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders.

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Where and How to Find the Money

1. Legacy and Lottery Funds. Twice in the past 30 years, we Minnesotans have collectively shown our love for our iconic water by approving major public revenue generation and expenditure programs for which the money comes right out of our pockets - first in approving the lottery with environmental uses for the money embedded therein and then, virtually incredibly, in approving a sales tax increase. Some of what needs ...more »

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Don't Pass It On.

Iowa shouldn't receive our water problems, nor should those south to the Gulf "Dead Zone." I'm not sure it's possible in all communities, but an effort to test, control, and remove contaminants or nutrients at checkpoints, would keep moving waters from moving problems. They'd also provide irrigation resources for El Nino drought years ahead. Managed-use could mean a bumper crop in Minnesota, regardless of rainfall fluctuations. ...more »

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Community Clean Ups Targeted for Water Quality Improvement

This time of year is a prime example of our city streets, curbs and gutters not being cleaned in a timely manner relative to weather conditions. By the time the street sweepers get out and the spring rains begin, most of the phosphorus and other harmful chemicals, sediment and debris will have washed into a local waterway. Homeowners can do something about this by beating the city to the punch and gathering all the ...more »

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Implement CWA

EPA failed to implement the CWA, because it used the 5-day, instead of its full 30-day reading, of the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) test to set sewage treatment standards. By doing so EPA not only ignored 60% of this BOD pollution, but all the nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste, while this waste also is a fertilizer (nutrient) for algae. Some may claim that using the BOD test correct, would violate federal policies, ...more »

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Implement a public education and action encouragement plan for water, Minnesota's iconic asset

References to just the most iconic of MN's waters (Miss R, BWCA etc) are important, but water itself is MN's iconic asset. Gov. Dayton has wisely recognized that we are in deep trouble. Changes in human behavior clearly are required and are notoriously difficult to achieve. We need the Gov to continue his leadership on this by developing public education and action plans that encompass the entire field of problems ...more »

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Oil & Water - a Toxic Cocktail

Northern Minnesota's precious lake country is at risk. As you know, in June of 2015, Canadian Pipeline giant, Enbridge gained approval of a Certificate of Need (CON) from our PUC for an oil pipeline (the Sandpiper - carrying fracked oil from the Bakken) through the Mississippi Headwaters and lake country. Since then, they have applied for another permit to relocate their Line 3 (that transports tar sand oil from Alberta) ...more »

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Living cover

The idea of living cover is not new but what species to use is a very short list indeed. Alfalfa is the most desirable because of the deep roots that tend to store water and shrink in dry periods, this allows water to penetrate up to 8 feet even in clay quickly until the roots swell from the water uptake. In the clay country of Wright County the constant corn / bean rotation has resulted in extreme erosion and hard ...more »

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Combined Sewer Systems, better than Separate Sewer Systems, for environment.

Most older cities have combined sewer systems, where stormwater is treated in sewage treatment plants. During heavy rainstorms the systems have overflows, called CSO's (Combined Sewer Overflows) where heavely diluted sewage is discharged into open waters. Although such systems are condemned in the US, in The Netherlands they are actually favored over separated systems, as most of the polluted stormwater is treated, while ...more »

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Reservoir Balls

Farm drainage tile runoff water that's cleaned or directly recycled for irrigation of the same fields later, may need some protection from evaporation. California reservoir balls were tested and proven to do the job. I can't say what happens when /if those plastic balls deteriorate and shed plastic dust. But they do save pond water from vaporizing.

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Work with artists & designers to engage their communities on water issues!

Fresh water is a finite resource, creativity is not! Every community has artists and designers, and many of those residents are also passionate about water and environment. Tap into the creative thinking and energy of artists, designers, and other creative people to engage communities around water issues & topics, to help think about & design innovative solutions to water quality problems, and to have a positive impact ...more »

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Minnesota at Crossroads with regard to Pipline Corridor

Minnesota is richly blessed to have highly prized water resources, whereas many areas of the country have squandered the integrity of their water resources. We are at a crossroads with regard to pipeline corridors. At this time, the Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 proposals are before the PUC. Clean water is of the highest and most fundamental rights of citizens. The future of our clean water resources and renowned beauty ...more »

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