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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Polluter Pays place an excise tax on fertilizer and pesticides to pay costs for water treatment

Placing an excse tax on all fertilizer and pesticides based on the annual cost to install water treatment systems, drill new wells and and clean up polluted water ways will both discourage the widesprea overuse of chemicals, place the burden of the costs of pollution back on the polluter, and reduce the finiancial burden on communites and individuals who have to pay to treat water

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Water Traffic Control

Air traffic control we can understand, as the need for management and timing of aircraft at terminals is quite obvious. However, natural disasters of weather can brew several states away, when the Mississippi basin covers half of our nation. Natural flood plains absorb much water outside of towns and levees, but an active backflow management to a watershed network of holding reservoirs has been just too much for a busy ...more »

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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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Ban aerial application of all pesticides labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms

Many restricted use pesticides, especially fungicides and insecticides, are labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms. Many are applied by aircraft and are subject to drift and runoff. Some are applied during the middle of the growing season when intense rainfall and runoff into streams, rivers and lakes creating the risk of fish kills. The aerial application of these pesticides should be banned in Minnesota. ...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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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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Display Water Bodies with Curly-Leaf Pondweed on the MN DNR Infested Waters List

Curly-Leaf Pondweed is an invasive species that is spread by plant fragments according the the fact sheet http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticplants/curlyleaf_pondweed.html and yet it is not listed on the regulatory Infested Waters List for MN http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/infested.html This causes problems for the ordinary citizen who wants to know about the lake they may want to fish in or purchase ...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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20% electricity from perennials by 2030

Making electricity from perennial crops (using switch grass or other crops co-fired with modern gas or coal facilities) is an equitable way to clean up water and improve habitat while ensuring profitability for farm operations.

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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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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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MN Does not want another Peru catastrophy

Clean-up Strategies, water sensors, water purifiers, etc.etc are economic stimulations for all the wrong reasons. We as a state have the ability to prevent what other states unfortunately didn't; such as polluted waters, contaminated land. Pro-active leadership and policies require Prevent Plans not only Post Fallout Plans. Just ask the people in Peru who currently are dealing with their Oil spill catastrophe. A Fallout ...more »

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