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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Include Resilience to Extreme Weather in Local Planning

Local planning -- such as, water management, emergency assistance/disaster,and comprehensive planning -- should be required to consider resiliency to extreme weather events, the potential impact of such events on local infrastructure, and actions that can be taken to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of extreme weather events.

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property tax bsased on non-point pollution: impaired watersheds should pay more

Tax property based on the contribution to non-point pollution. Row crops, golf courses, feedlots should pay higer taxes to offset the costs of water pollution cleanup. Start the assessment by defining impaired watersheds. Those having to pay more would be motivated to fix the problem and reduce their taxes.

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Total Precision Agriculture for Economic and Environmental Monitoring

Total Precision Ag is a system where all the inputs (water, seed, chemicals, etc) and outputs (bushels of grain, and quality of grain, chemical and water runoff and/infiltration) is measured and mapped across the fields down to the square foot. Less than 1% of MN Farmers have been able to implement this approach due to a lack of QUALITY...not quantity...yield monitors in combines. This approach provides the farmers ...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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Seek Funding for the Mississippi River Commensurate with the Chesapeake Bay

The drainage area for the Upper Mississippi River TMDLs done by the MPCA is among the largest in the United States. To the best of my knowledge, it is second only to that of the Chesapeake Bay. The federal government is spending tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars to address cleaning up the Chesapeake. Minnesota elected officials at all levels should seek similar federal funding for work on the Upper Mississippi ...more »

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Indoor off-grid Rainwater harvesting

Encourage homes and businesses to utilize large scale Rainwater harvesting for toilets, laundry etc.. Rainwater treated using filters and Ultraviolet purification is suitable for drinking, and bathing. A sustainable, economically feasible method which reduces nonpoint source pollution and the demand on city water supply. This is a opportunity to reinvent the water grid to meet tomorrow's challenges.

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Homeowner Credits for Rainwater Runoff Management

Local governments may reduce burdens on stormwater facilities by encouraging citizens to get rainwater into the ground near where it falls by use of storm water runoff retention and bioretention. Residential property owners could be credited for storm water runoff management. To qualify for such a credit, the property owner would file with the county on the form provided by the county. To qualify for credit the homeowner ...more »

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Zika Wetland Sprays

Health departments around Minnesota are bound to be scrambling to draft mass inoculation plans to prevent Zika infections, once the next host of opportunity becomes a mosquito that's native to our prolific breeding zone. There is no vaccine yet, so denying habitat for an endemic horror here would either mean destroying our wetlands or chemical treatment of them throughout the state. This may violate the code of environmental ...more »

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Reimburse Owners of Private and Public Wells for Water Treatment to Remove Agricultural Contaminants

Many non-agricultural water users must pay to treat drinking water that has been contaminated by agricultural fertilizer or pesticides. MDA estimates that, when the Township Testing program is complete, about 200 townships in the state will exceed the threshold of 5% or more private drinking water wells that do not meet MDH drinking water standards for nitrate. In some communities, more than half the private wells exceed ...more »

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Allow localized flexibility for Conservation practices best suited to individual situations

One-size-sits-all regulations (like the buffer requirements) are not the way to improve water quality. All conservation BMPs have pro's and con's and if we really want improved water quality we need local flexibility to do what is right rather than being forced from the top down into a practice that may not be best for the individual land owner.

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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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