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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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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Ice fishing regulations

I have lived on lake Mille Lacs for the past 19 years. As an avid ice fisherman I have witnessed first hand the pollution left behind at the end of the ice fishing season. Minnesota regulates camp grounds the other seasons of the year but has no regulation over fish house "camp grounds" during ice fishing. Nothing to mandate garbage pick up, toilet facilities or the basic rules to regulate what's needed if your fish house ...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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Deny a Permit for PolyMet's Proposed Copper-Nickel Sulfide Mine

Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters are two iconic and globally significant water resources of Minnesota. Both are at risk from water pollution if PolyMet's proposed sulfide mine is permitted. Sulfide mining has polluted water wherever it has been attempted, but the water-rich area in which PolyMet proposes to mine is uniquely vulnerable. The risks include acid mine drainage, heavy metal pollution, mercury contamination, ...more »

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Spirit of Water Day in Minnesota

A proclamation by Governor Dayton that we pick one day of every year going forward as "Spirit of Water Day" in Minnesota. This would be a day of reflection and action of our most important resource which defines this state. We should ask that all communities of faith in our state take the closest observed Sabbath to the date picked to reinforce what ever is referenced to in any faith beliefs by leaders of that faith ...more »

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5 to 25 acre wetlands

There needs to be a funding mechanism that is NOT DNR or BOSWR or DU. Thi funding mechanism would work best on a foundation basis with a sole purpose of restoring or creating and maintaining smaller wetlands and surrounding buffer lands for water fowl production. Regardless of what the DNR and PCA think, Wild Rice is not that hard to grow. To establish other wetland plants take minimal planning and acceptance that certain ...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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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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Address PAH Contamination in Stormwater Pond Sediment

We have a serious legacy problem with stormwater pond sediment that is contaminated with a family of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The cities and private landowners responsible for these stormwater ponds need help from the State to address these PAH-contaminated pond sediments. The MPCA has done excellent work to describe and quantify the problem. More work needs to be done to find solutions ...more »

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Property taxes must serve public values

Presently, properties are taxed at their "highest and best use." Unfortunately that is defined as the use most involved in the economic system - for instance, to clearcut a forest, or to turn a farm into a parking lot, rather than to provide wildlife habitat, produce oxygen, or support bees and butterflies. This is phrased inclusively, with water benefits as one important factor. The value of land needs to be redefined, ...more »

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Apply more scientific rigor to water issues

While politics inevitably will be important in getting people to change their behaviors to treat MN's water better, change of both the voluntary and legislative types is more likely to be possible if scientific rigor is applied to water issues. I'm no scientist, just a concerned citizen, but I am hearing that that has not been the case on the following two issues. One is the Agricultural Water Qualify Certification ...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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