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 »
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 »
Landowners with wetlands on their lands should be given tax credits. It is unfair for all landowners to get taxed at the same rate when the land has varying functions and values.
Untold billions of dollars are spent cleaning water worldwide, yet far too little is spent to prevent it from getting dirty. Our water comes from nature. Yet worldwide we are crippling nature's ability to provide clean water we need to live and thrive. As our forests and grasslands are degraded or removed, the threats to our water supplies grow. High profile water supply problems like those that have arisen in Flint, ...more »
Wetlands are the filters or kidneys of our lakes, rivers and groundwater. Restoring wetlands will functionally clean water more than most buffers..especially drained ag wetlands. Interpretation and mapping of historical aerial photos going back to the 1920's will help identify the degraded or destroyed wetlands and former lakes. The DNR should lead an effort to dig into this archive of imagery to find potential restoration ...more »
Wetlands have an almost unlimited potential to store carbon...more than ag and forestry combined. (UMN Nader). So why not pay as a society for our carbon sins and restore our wetlands? Drained Ag wetlands and lakes in particular. A win-win for the farmer who would get paid for carbon credits and a win for the ducks and other critters who used to live in the corn desert. And it is possible through mapping to measure ...more »