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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Priorization vs First Come First Served

Each River Basin in the State is a unique resource requiring a unique set of solutions. There are a multitude of solutions for every problem yet all solutions do provide the bang for the buck and others do. A more concerted effort to prioritize options that achieve multiple objectives and more efficient use of public and private resources is critical to success. Currently there is a lack of coordination between LSOHC; ...more »

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Create watershed districts or equivalent in impaired watersheds for planning and implementation

The state can incentivize the creation of watershed districts (WDs) or their equivalent in watersheds with impaired waters. WDs are the only watershed based entities with the technical, administrative, and financial authority to plan and implement mitigation of non-point source pollution and altered hydrology. Without a WD, there is no entity that can be held responsible for the water quality and flow regime leaving a ...more »

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Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Three Greatest challenges: entrenched bureaucracy that will not accept anything newer than 50 years old, contracted engineers that worry more about their bottom line than that of the citizens or environments (Maple Lake-Annandale-Howard Lake is a prime example), poor zoning decisions where commercial or industrial wastewater has to pushed through the entire infrastructure instead of being placed near the WWTP. Usually ...more »

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Satellite Links for Clean Monitoring and Controls

A Governor's task force should be able to define ways of using satellite observations of cropland and watershed algal blooms to plot which 'hot spots' need first actions. Then, they can promote municipal and farm satellite connectivity that allows accurate reporting of critical wellhead volumes of usage, and also as a way of initiating the use of smart controls for automated irrigation. That, is a good means of targeting ...more »

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Assorted ideas

Buffers need to extend to lakes, manpower is adequate in govt agencies to accomplish goals they need to work harder. Voluntary compliance does is not effective, stewardship has to be publicly embraced by govt entities and leadership. Emphasis has to be that landowners need to give back to the land not always be reimbursed for helping out. Metro landowners need to also plant cover crops to provide habitat for pollinators ...more »

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After November...

We can't say who'll win the presidential election this fall, but at least one candidate has expressed a willingness to address the issues surrounding water quality and quantities, head-on. You can believe who you want. Promises in an election year come more easily said, than done. But given the chance that the Mississippi River basin is needed to fend off the effects of a La Nina drought, or of those certain to come, ...more »

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Western Mudslide Tiles

Towns have been swallowed-up by mudslides from excess rainfall above them, in the western US. It's likely, that with condition sensors and our mid-western agricultural drain tile use, these dangerous conditions could have been prevented. If not, at least an evacuation warning signal could have been sent before the hills went unstable. Is this something for one governor to suggest to another? Municipalities up in the hills, ...more »

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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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Stop blaming farmers.

Stop blaming farmers for nutrient pollution, while the nutrients (urine and proteins) in municipal sewage is not treated, because EPA does not require this under the CWA, the result of the incorrect application of the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) test. The CWA also required EPA to establish what best available treatment (BAT) was and publish this in the future when even better treatment became available. EPA never ...more »

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Free UMN Extension Raingarden and Cistern Design and Advice

Retaining Twin Cities' rainwater in rock-filled cisterns, both above and below ground, and 'rain-garden' design work for flowers and native plant life, will need to be mosquito and mildew-proofed. Lawn chemical runoff can be creatively controlled, but classes on the aesthetics may need examples from British and Canadian experience. UMN resources of graduate students just may fill the gap in guiding folks to the Governor's ...more »

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Make Drain Tile Point Source

Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »

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Pigs Eye Retention Wall

'100-year' floods have been occurring in the Twin Cities, in recent years, with a striking new frequency. Washing waste and lawn chemical runoff into the system, then on to the river raw, is unacceptable. Barrier walls for Holman Field and Pigs Eye Lake should be constructed to maximum of 30-50 foot height for storm drain water treatment in the lake, and to a lesser extent to prevent inundation of the runways at the airport. ...more »

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