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 »
Invest in a statewide network of local research-engagement-action collaboratives that bring together academic and public researchers, educators and public engagement professionals, cultural and community organizers, and those who can implement or act on solutions. Encourage these collaboratives to innovate solutions by developing 'incubator' programs that encourage relationship-building, data and knowledge-sharing, learning, ...more »
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 »
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 »
Fresh water is a finite resource, creativity is not! Every community has artists and designers, and many of those residents are also passionate about water and environment. Tap into the creative thinking and energy of artists, designers, and other creative people to engage communities around water issues & topics, to help think about & design innovative solutions to water quality problems, and to have a positive impact ...more »
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is voluntary and requires some of the Best Management Practices to protect our water. If ethanol producers, who consume about 30% of our corn, required MAWQC to sell corn for ethanol the industry, and the farmers would show a real committment to rural water quality.