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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Submitted by (@gregory.clifford)

Delta Dawn

Our share of responsibility for the Mississippi Delta "Dead Zone" may not be the largest, but as Americans we share in the sorrowful death of jobs, industry, and food lost in this mistake. But there's hope. Water is diverted to the Intercoastal Waterway via a shipping canal, and that barrier chain runs to Texas. Clean water to the Southwest is a real issue, and NASA expects it's getting worse in years to come. Algal ...more »

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Submitted by (@gregory.clifford)

Green Carpet Treatment

Lakeshore property prices are high, and never falling. But "Weekend Warriors" pay high taxes to enjoy what surrounding communities can't. And, those rural neighbors can't afford to clean-up the green slime in summer that kills fish and spreads disease. Employment there would be a big selling point to voters, though largely affecting lake home owners. And, constructing modern plumbing systems which are winter-hardy and ...more »

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Submitted by (@gregory.clifford)

Best and brightest short-circuit

Our UMN Land Grant University was chartered specifically with the mission of delivering research into Minnesota economy by supplying science, technology, and graduates to our own industries, for the benefit of workers and for the enrichment of our invested and taxpaying citizens. That's happened sometimes, but then a big short-circuit occurred. As Mark Hayes has mentioned, graduate students are lured to capitalize on ...more »

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Submitted by (@jimchamberlin)

Soil Health

The USDA NRCS Soil Health initiative recognizes 4 basic principals; minimize tillage, keep soil covered, leave living roots in the ground year around, and increase crop diversity (both the bible and George Washington advocated a seven year rotation). Additionally, properly integrating livestock on the landscape dramatically improves soil health. Healthy soil reduces fertilizer needs, improves plant health, increases ...more »

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Submitted by (@gregory.clifford)

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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Submitted by (@jeffreysbroberg)

Irrigators shold be required to monitor and report changes in water quality

Large scale water appropriations from irrigators both pump and deplete our aqifers and create focused groundwater recharge changing the water quality in the area. Quarterly groundwater monitoring for nitrates, cblorides and pestiides should be reported and thresholds should be established as permit conditions for water appropriatiins. Changing, or impaired water quality attributated to irrigation could be detected before ...more »

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Submitted by (@olenrd)

Test Reporting

Every tax payer should have access (via websites e.g.) to municipal water testing on at least a quarterly basis.

 

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Submitted by (@gregory.clifford)

Coal Replacement / Acid Rain-Fly Ash Removal

Benefits of Twin City bioenergy production from wastewater-to-energy solutions aren't restricted to autos. The power grid uses more fuel than transportation, by a wide margin. Economy and quality-minded folks can't ignore that max-CO2-producing coal-fired electrical power plants rely on scrubbers to remove what particulate matter they can; they store that, but accidents have happened. Natural gas is far cleaner, though ...more »

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Submitted by (@k.zwp1)

Fertilizer Fees Would Raise Funds and Reduce Pollution

It is a common economic idea that when a product costs more, we tend to use less of it. When gasoline was $4.00/gallon a few years back, people were driving less and buying more fuel efficient cars. In Iowa, before they had their 5 cent bottle bill, bottle and cans ended up on roadways. Now that cans and bottle are worth 5 cents, no one throws them in the road ditches. We should apply the same approach to reducing ...more »

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Submitted by (@petermaier)

Restrain the influence of the environmental industrial complex.

From: High Country News. September 28, 1987. The BOD-5 test. Totally flawed or perfectly adequate. Quote: In Salt Lake City, as in most of the country, there is a sewer lobby. They have a product to sell and sold it. There are equipment manufacturers, engineers who design it, construction companies that built it. They are all good citizens in a sense that they support the local politicians; they are well placed and ...more »

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Submitted by (@randyneprash)

Quantify the Public Investments and Additional Needs for Urban Stormwater

As we do for many other types of public infrastructure, we need to quantify the existing public investment in urban stormwater infrastructure. The next steps will be to quantify the remaining needs in this area, followed by telling the story of the good work that MS4 stormwater permittees are doing to address urban stormwater and water quality. The Governor and the MPCA should support a project to do this work proposed ...more »

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Submitted by (@swaterw)

Protecting Drinking Water for MN Proactively With Adequate Laws

We heard in the Water Summit opening remarks that MN is second to Alaska in the US for water supply. We know that water from the Mississippi River supplies drinking water not only St. Cloud, Minneapolis, and St. Paul but millions of people beyond. Lake Superior, bordering MN and the Great Lakes beyond supply millions with drinking water. Starting here in MN we need to proactively ensure that our laws protect the drinking ...more »

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