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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University of Minnesota Extension Educators for Water Quality

The University of Minnesota currently has Extension Educators for Water Quality in a limited number of locations. Extension Educators should be deployed in all parts of the state to connect University research with local outreach and education. This should be at State expense, not at the expense of local government.

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Make Drain Tile Point Source

Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »

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How to truly battle invasive species

The way to battle to combat invasive species in lakes and rivers are to restore limnological and riverine ecosystems to a balanced near pristine state. The only reason invasive species succeed is because there is an unfilled niche in the ecosystem. Fix the hole and there is no problem. For example, what is the real problem with Mille Lacs other than the DNR? Simple, the ecosystem is damaged in the microbial realm.. ...more »

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Free UMN Extension Raingarden and Cistern Design and Advice

Retaining Twin Cities' rainwater in rock-filled cisterns, both above and below ground, and 'rain-garden' design work for flowers and native plant life, will need to be mosquito and mildew-proofed. Lawn chemical runoff can be creatively controlled, but classes on the aesthetics may need examples from British and Canadian experience. UMN resources of graduate students just may fill the gap in guiding folks to the Governor's ...more »

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Connected Water Safety Monitoring Devices

Hotter waters and growing populations conspire to produce deadly illnesses in our shallow lakes and streams. The state can't afford someone to go out, sample, and test for pathogens everywhere it's possible to find them. Yet the public has a right to know and be warned, if they don't. Automated biological sensors should be installed in those areas of circulation, so as to gather constant streams of data about what's in ...more »

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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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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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High priority boat inspection and decontamination

Some lakes are notorious for AIS traveling from them to other lakes on boats. These include, I believe, Mille Lacs, Minnetonka and Prior Lake. On all such lakes, implement a boat inspection and decontamination plan that requires inspection and decontamination upon removal of a boat from the water. This should be coupled with a major, Governor-led effort to educate the public and encourage the behavioral changes that ...more »

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Conservation irrigation appropriations permits

Authorize the DNR to issue "conservation appropriations permits" for agricultural irrigation. With a "conservation permit," an irrigator would have a legally higher priority for appropriations than non-conservation irrigators, in case of drought. As an example, the permit would be valid for 15 years. In Years 4, 9, and 14 of the permit, no appropriations would be allowed. The irrigator would plan in advance for dry-land ...more »

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On-Farm Processing for Profits

Algae farming sounds nuts, but the science backs it up. Farm runoff contains the nutrients that grow pond and stream algae, and it keeps them. Funding incentives for farm ponds and ditches that collect algae, and for on-farm processes that cheaply harvest it into a coffee-like fertilizer makes sense. UMN's Brett Barney and Steve Heilmann have that science in-hand now. Clean water, on-farm fuel generation, water and pesticide ...more »

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Don't Pass It On.

Iowa shouldn't receive our water problems, nor should those south to the Gulf "Dead Zone." I'm not sure it's possible in all communities, but an effort to test, control, and remove contaminants or nutrients at checkpoints, would keep moving waters from moving problems. They'd also provide irrigation resources for El Nino drought years ahead. Managed-use could mean a bumper crop in Minnesota, regardless of rainfall fluctuations. ...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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