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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Global Perspective

At the Soil Health Conference held last month Feb. 2-3 at Iowa State University, The invited opening speaker was Dr. Jo Handelsman. Dr. Handelsman is the Science adviser to President Obama. She talked mostly about being the lead for the US delegation to the Climate change meetings held in Paris last year. Every Nation there realized Sequestration of Carbon back into the soil was the only economically viable option. The ...more »

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Say "No" to the Waukesha Diversion

We must protect Lake Superior and Great Lakes basin through a “no” vote from Governor Dayton on the Waukesha, WI diversion request. Just as Minnesotans have a collective responsibility to Minnesota’s water, all Great Lakes states, including Minnesota, have a collective responsibility to manage and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. Through the Great Lakes Compact, all eight Great Lakes States and two Canadian Provinces ...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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Population Bomb Must Be Defused

The ever-expanding human population will continue to devour our natural resources, including water. Water supplies will continue to dwindle - and water quality will continue its long-term downward trend until we figure out how to effectively address human population growth. It's time for ALL true water advocates to bring this issue to the forefront - and defuse the population bomb!

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NextGen Sanitation

Air traffic projections are being addressed nationally, but is subterranean traffic planned for the Metro Area's expected 3.5-million people here in the next generation? Below-ground plans for sewer and water, in the traditional view, probably don't have anything new in store. "Payday's Friday, and poop runs downhill" is the old plumber's joke. But considering the age of our current mill town expansion quilt-work, we ...more »

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Engage our Faith Communities More Aggressively

Our communities of faith have stood on the sidelines with this issue for too long. It is time we solicit our leaders in the the various faith communities to reinforce that which most every faith recognizes. That being that we all and that means everyone has a personal responsibility for the care of what we have been given. Water is life and people should have a certain sense of guilt kick in when abuses of that are ...more »

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Soil Regeneration

We have been farming using Regenerative Management to grow our soils for a couple decades now. By recycling active Carbon and other nutrients back into the soil we have not only cured erosion and other environmental problems coming from our soils we have doubled the depth of our A Horizon top soils. In 2010 our place received 13 inches of rain during the flood event that nearly destroyed Zumbro Falls. We have demonstrated ...more »

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Tax nitrogen fertilizer (anyhrous amonia)

Anhydrous ammonia degrades soil. When applied to soil it accelerates population grow of generalist species of microorganisms that consume organic matter, when they die nitrogen is released to the plants. This was the way it was explained to me by my Horticulture instructor when I was attending our local tech collage. USDA ARS researchers are finding that the microorganisms that utilize anhydrous ammonia are fast acting ...more »

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Keep Lake Superior superior as climate changes

Lake Superior represents 10% of the Earth's surface freshwater and is important for shipping, fishing and tourism as well as many other services. Its water budget is poorly understood so we can't make accurate forecasts what will happen to it as climate changes. Increases or decreases in lake level could have huge implications for Minnesota's economy and environment. We need to bring Minnesota's science community together ...more »

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Sulfide Mining Decision Revisited

No Water Summit in Minnesota would be complete without revisiting the Governor's decision to accept PolyMet's EIS which allows them to proceed to the permitting process. Everyone knows that open pit sulfide mining is detrimental to water use and water degradation. Future-oriented investment, diversification, and job creation in the Range is necessary instead of relying on mining jobs and jeopardizing our health and the ...more »

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Rural Stormwater Fees Create Accountability, More Conservation

One of the few nonpoint (land use) pollution success stories in Minnesota comes form our larger cities (5,000+). These cities are treated like a point source for pollution and need to get a permit to discharge stormwater into area rivers. This process has spurred cities to do stormwater education with their residents and implement practices to hold and clean stormwater before releasing it to public waters. Most large ...more »

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Open a Water Bar - a taproom for tap water - that is also a sustainability hub & incubator

We are opening a unique art-sustainability space in northeast Minneapolis that is a 'taproom for tap water' - a Water Bar, staffed by environmental researchers, advocates, policymakers, educators. It is also a space for local engagement and education, and an incubator for sustainable development collaborations. We are looking to build partnerships with other groups and communities statewide - and to connect with other ...more »

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