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Penalize municipalities for putting water in the wrong spot.

Cities (all cities including the MET Council) should be fined on a per gallon basis for the waters removed from an aquifer and not allowed to infiltrate back to those aquifers. These fines would go to a special fund with a sole purpose of replacing old WWTPs with ones that return the waters to their proper places. Starting with the poorest communities in the state and working up. Being for out state it would be nice ...more »

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Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Three Greatest challenges: entrenched bureaucracy that will not accept anything newer than 50 years old, contracted engineers that worry more about their bottom line than that of the citizens or environments (Maple Lake-Annandale-Howard Lake is a prime example), poor zoning decisions where commercial or industrial wastewater has to pushed through the entire infrastructure instead of being placed near the WWTP. Usually ...more »

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Sustaining Our Water Supplies

We do not know what are ground water resources are doing in real time and it has to do with state agencies that will not keep employees current in technology. There is a bigger problem, That problem is that the DNR will not accept historical data. The U of M published for many decades water resource technical bulletins. In these bulletins are data of static water levels in the 40', 50' and 60's and even before but ...more »

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Green Energy - Biofuels

Minnesota needs to stop investing in Ethanol. It didn't work in the 30's and really isn't working now that fuel is cheaper. What is needed is biodigesters that form natural gas from organic wastes and the methane is burnt for hear or electricity. The waste from the digesters is a lot of nutrient laden water and Ammonia. The ammonia can be removed and used in Agriculture thus cutting the need for the fossil fuel processes ...more »

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Life Cycle Financing as a Condition of Water Infratstructure Funds

GovernorDayton has wisely recommended funding to modernize the aging water systems. To enhance and protect this investment, the distribution of these funds should require organizations receiving the funds to adopt a water pricing structure that is based on operating, maintenance, and ultimate replacement of costs for the system funded. Such a requirement will promote conservation of water use and provide for necessary ...more »

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