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Investing in Clean Water

The investment in clean water is not so much a monetary investment as a political one. Currently 5 state agencies and roughly 5 Federal agencies have there fingers in the Minnesota water pie. The problem is that all 10 play by different rules. i can tell you from very recent and personal experience to get a state agency to move on aquifer contamination is a Herculean feat. it requires the Governor's office, a Newspaper, ...more »

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Tax Shifting

Taxing emissions, production inputs, products, or land management practices differentially depending upon their impacts on the environment and water quality could provide the means to leverage behavioral changes necessary to achieve water quality and other environmental improvements. Purely voluntary approaches will not realistically be sufficient over an acceptable time horizon. But providing economic incentives can ...more »

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Coordinate federal and state resources in priority watersheds

Coordinate financial and technical resources among federal, state and local entities to focus on priority watersheds. Minnesota, unlike most other states, has a strong program of water quality monitoring, watershed prioritization, and implementation planning. State agency heads should work with federal agency (like NRCS) state officials to align federal resources with resources and priorities developed in Minnesota.

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Quantify the Public Investments and Additional Needs for Urban Stormwater

As we do for many other types of public infrastructure, we need to quantify the existing public investment in urban stormwater infrastructure. The next steps will be to quantify the remaining needs in this area, followed by telling the story of the good work that MS4 stormwater permittees are doing to address urban stormwater and water quality. The Governor and the MPCA should support a project to do this work proposed ...more »

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Create Markets for Clean Water Protection

Market-based, private natural resource management may be an effective way to manage public goods that are currently treated as externalities. Clean water in a river or lake is a resource that is often treated as an externality. The State could create markets for water retention for flood damage reduction, markets for point and nonpoint water discharge for water quality protection, and markets for water use for maintenance ...more »

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Pollution Prevention Stock Market

Develop a win-win situation for businesses and cities who use water with options to do BMP work upstream in a watershed and allow them to sell points awarded for certain BMP's and trade them among each other using a net gain calculation to assure cleaner water outcomes. This may work well with those entities where an incredible amount of money would not provide for the clean water gains which could be accomplished doing ...more »

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Clean Water Seal of Approval for Businesses

For businesses and agricultural producers that meet certain water saving and BMP's allow them to put the "Clean Water Seal of Approval" on their product labeling.

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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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Stimulate Cultural Entrepreneurs with project grants

Stimulate the growth for cultural entrepreneurship by setting aside grant funds for projects or small business opportunities which demonstrate sustainable water and land-reform as their top priority.

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Create a business incubator for large-scale pollution prevention.

We need a business incubator focused on pollution prevention. It is easy to find growth opportunities for treating more, and more polluted water. How about creating economic value and business oporrunity for avoiding the need to clean and treat water

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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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Where and How to Find the Money

1. Legacy and Lottery Funds. Twice in the past 30 years, we Minnesotans have collectively shown our love for our iconic water by approving major public revenue generation and expenditure programs for which the money comes right out of our pockets - first in approving the lottery with environmental uses for the money embedded therein and then, virtually incredibly, in approving a sales tax increase. Some of what needs ...more »

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