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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Skate to where the puck will be.

Climate change trends may be halted by human behavior changes, or not. Safe bets are on lake and water temps following the path on the graphs. Is it possible to chart that and compare it to life as it existed in previous ages that matched that mark in the past? It may be a fool's errand to try to restore our environment to a romantic place in the past, if in fact, the world has moved on already. We love that past, but ...more »

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Keep Lake Superior superior as climate changes

Lake Superior represents 10% of the Earth's surface freshwater and is important for shipping, fishing and tourism as well as many other services. Its water budget is poorly understood so we can't make accurate forecasts what will happen to it as climate changes. Increases or decreases in lake level could have huge implications for Minnesota's economy and environment. We need to bring Minnesota's science community together ...more »

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Implement a public education and action encouragement plan for water, Minnesota's iconic asset

References to just the most iconic of MN's waters (Miss R, BWCA etc) are important, but water itself is MN's iconic asset. Gov. Dayton has wisely recognized that we are in deep trouble. Changes in human behavior clearly are required and are notoriously difficult to achieve. We need the Gov to continue his leadership on this by developing public education and action plans that encompass the entire field of problems ...more »

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Love Water Not Oil

Let’s protect Minnesota’s remaining pristine water from massive big oil projects. The Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement oil pipelines through a major new corridor pose a threat to the iconic headwaters of the Mississippi river, wetlands, forests, and trout streams. Support transfer of control of the Environmental Impact Statement to the environmental agencies, give tribes a seat at the table, work with federal ...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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Use motorboat fuel tax to fund lake protection and restoration projects

Motorboat operators buy gasoline at the pumps like car and truck drivers. The state tax paid by motorboat operators should be fully directed to pay for lake restoration and protection projects. Otherwise, boaters end up subsidizing highway projects. The money could be used to fund a cooperative grant program with lake associations and the state of MN sharing the cost of planning and implementing projects. Wisconsin's ...more »

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The Great Library

The idea is very simple and I touched on it before. The State must make a true and orchestrated effort to bring environmental data of the past to the 21st century. This would be like Wikipedia but with controls.

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LOCAL CONTROL IS NOT WORKING - TIME TO SCRAP THE DELEGATED COUNTY PROGRAM

The MPCA reports that there are nearly 18,000 registered feedlots in the State of Minnesota. The MPCA estimates that the amount of manure that is generated by livestock in Minnesota is equivalent to a human population of 50 million people. Most feedlots in Minnesota are operated under the Delegated County Program. This program handles permitting, approval and regulation of feedlots at the local level. This program ...more »

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Leveling the playing field in research

Minnesota has the ridiculous idea that only the u of M can do research but when a MNSCU faculty or student develops a product or idea the state claims nearly all or all the profit. This stifles creativity tremendously and causes faculty to develop 99% of an idea and quit then completely the rest on their own and selling the IP. This is an intolerable situation when other states want only 12% to 14% over head costs and ...more »

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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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After November...

We can't say who'll win the presidential election this fall, but at least one candidate has expressed a willingness to address the issues surrounding water quality and quantities, head-on. You can believe who you want. Promises in an election year come more easily said, than done. But given the chance that the Mississippi River basin is needed to fend off the effects of a La Nina drought, or of those certain to come, ...more »

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Treat me like King Corn, please!

If buffer-strip crops of native plants for cellulose ethanol and other bio-fuels were harvested with the same subsidy rate that corn ethanol receives in total, it would surely be popular. No-till, no fertilizer, no pesticides, no irrigation, no planting after the first time. How could streams, farmers, and the rest do better?

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