Water Summit Discussion Topics

Investing in Clean Water

With the Legacy Amendment funds set to expire in 2034, it’s time for a close look at how to best maximize those funds to protect and restore Minnesota’s water. We also need a smart, balanced approach for utilizing public-private partnerships and other sources of funding to enhance the state’s investment. [Read more]

Challenges facing Minnesota’s Iconic Waters

Whether it’s Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, or the Boundary Waters, Minnesotans take pride in our iconic waters. How can we protect these special places for future generations? [Read more]

Ensure Minnesota is Resilient to Extreme Weather

Heavy rainfall and floods are increasing in Minnesota as our climate changes, threatening our water quality, health, infrastructure, agriculture and transportation. Our water and landscape must be able to withstand these mounting pressures. [Read more]

Living Cover

Living cover is important to our landscape by holding water, filtering contaminants, protecting drinking water, and allowing water to recharge aquifers. We’ll explore ways to improve and expand living cover through the use of cover crops, perennial plant cover and other land practices. [Read more]

Sustaining Our Water Supplies

Minnesotans can no longer take the abundance of fresh water for granted. We must take immediate action to protect our water quantity and availability though efficiency and conservation practices. [Read more]

Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Minnesota’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs an estimated $11 billion in upgrades. How should the costs and responsibilities for current infrastructure needs and new regulations be balanced and affordable? [Read more]

Water in the Urban and Built Environment

When the rains come, it rinses our urban landscapes of contaminants, pollution and sediment. How can we better manage stormwater runoff in our urban areas where rooftops and pavement speeds polluted water to lakes and rivers? [Read more]

Aquatic Invasive Species

The spread of AIS through our lakes and rivers has a devastating impact on natural aquatic life. Stopping it will require behavioral changes and adequate penalties for offenders. Infested waters need ongoing research and the best available technology to clean them up. [Read more]

Water in the Rural Environment

Water in Minnesota’s rural areas faces unique challenges as we balance economic development with the increased demand on our water, and as we manage potential pollutants. What strategies help us achieve these goals in a way that allows businesses to grow and thrive, while ensuring the protection of our water? [Read more]