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5 to 25 acre wetlands

There needs to be a funding mechanism that is NOT DNR or BOSWR or DU. Thi funding mechanism would work best on a foundation basis with a sole purpose of restoring or creating and maintaining smaller wetlands and surrounding buffer lands for water fowl production. Regardless of what the DNR and PCA think, Wild Rice is not that hard to grow. To establish other wetland plants take minimal planning and acceptance that certain ...more »

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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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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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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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Seek Funding for the Mississippi River Commensurate with the Chesapeake Bay

The drainage area for the Upper Mississippi River TMDLs done by the MPCA is among the largest in the United States. To the best of my knowledge, it is second only to that of the Chesapeake Bay. The federal government is spending tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars to address cleaning up the Chesapeake. Minnesota elected officials at all levels should seek similar federal funding for work on the Upper Mississippi ...more »

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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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property tax bsased on non-point pollution: impaired watersheds should pay more

Tax property based on the contribution to non-point pollution. Row crops, golf courses, feedlots should pay higer taxes to offset the costs of water pollution cleanup. Start the assessment by defining impaired watersheds. Those having to pay more would be motivated to fix the problem and reduce their taxes.

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Allow Non-Government Organizations Direct Access to Clean Water Funds

A the present time Non-Government Organizations cannot apply directly to the Clean Water Fund for implementing their innovative ideas. They have to use a unit of government as the applicant. Often those ideas for innovation are rejected by the local entity for fear of extra work or even co-opted or taken as their own. NGO's can do certain work that our current system of conservation delivery can't and won't. Having ...more »

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Clean Water Stamp on Fishing Licenses (Voluntary)

There is over a million anglers in this state. If we would authorize a voluntary "Clean Water Stamp" it would raise over a million dollars a year if even only a quarter of the people paid 5 bucks for it. The artwork could be a competition and they would be collectible. I think a lot anglers would pop for it and if non anglers wanted one or would like to collect them for a hobby. Maybe you could put them on something ...more »

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