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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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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Allow Non-Government Organizations Direct Access to Clean Water Funds

A the present time Non-Government Organizations cannot apply directly to the Clean Water Fund for implementing their innovative ideas. They have to use a unit of government as the applicant. Often those ideas for innovation are rejected by the local entity for fear of extra work or even co-opted or taken as their own. NGO's can do certain work that our current system of conservation delivery can't and won't. Having ...more »

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Solar Thermosyphon Water Transport

Solar disinfection and transportation pipes can pump needed water supplies to higher elevations. Strategically-placed passive solar pipeline heating would create a pumping action by convection, over hills and mountains, then down to a cooler shaded decline in elevation of ground or of a man-made well. With all ends below supply and destination pond levels always, the sunniest and driest states would experience drought ...more »

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Permanently Protect the Boundary Waters & Voyageurs from Sulfide Mining

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park are irreplaceable national treasures. The natural beauty and quiet wilderness character of the Boundary Waters are threatened by sulfide-ore copper mines proposed within the watershed of the Wilderness. While federal and state laws prohibit mining activities within the Wilderness and on some adjacent national forest lands, the laws are not sufficient ...more »

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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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Stop Using Potable Water for Lawns

Our groundwater use is unsustainable. Groundwater tables around the metro are rapidly declining. Much of the use of this critical water is for aesthetics. Lawn watering accounts for up to 75 percent of the total residential use. It was estimated that in the U.S. lawn covers more than threes time as much land than that of any irrigated crop. So a simple rule for a city water conservation might be that residential lawns ...more »

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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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Align fertilizer nitrogen application regulations with existing feedlot rules.

Bring the regulatory framework for nitrogen fertilizer applications into alignment with that already existing for the combination of manure and fertilizer under the state feedlot rules. There is currently no limit on fertilizer nitrogen application rates if manure is not applied, however there is a rate limit if manure is applied. Ensure fertilizer dealer participation in both rates and timing BMPs through a state fertilizer ...more »

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Aquatic Invasive Species

The spread of AIS through our lakes and rivers has a devastating impact on natural aquatic life. Stopping it will require behavioral changes and adequate penalties for offenders. Infested waters need ongoing research and the best available technology to clean them up. In this session, we will define what is currently being done to address the aquatic invasive species issues and ask for participants suggestions for moving ...more »

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Endocrine Disruptors in our Surface Water

Whereas there has been increasing concern and research being conducted on emerging contaminants found in our surface waters by the Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey, and Whereas these contaminants include endocrine disruptors and chemical mixtures with proven risk factors for aquatic species but an unknown risk factor for humans, and Whereas some of those ...more »

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Acquifer Health / Seasonal Floods

Snow falls from the sky - collects each year in all of our yards, parks, wilderness, etc. Each spring it melts and we encourage it to run towards the Mississippi - which often ends up delivering more water than desired downstream At the same time we worry about our increasing reliance on waters from the aquifer beneath us. Surely we can find ways for 10% more of the water sitting as snow on the ground well back from ...more »

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