• 21 Jan 2010 /  Conservation No Comments

    The University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center (WRC) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) are actively  eeking input on a plan to protect and preserve Minnesota’s lakes, streams, rivers and groundwater for the 21st century and beyond.

    WRC and BWSR staff will conduct a series of listening sessions around the state to gather ideas and insights to inform the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a 25-year plan on how and when to make investments that will ensure the purity and abundance of Minnesota’s water for generations to come.  Citizens, local officials and water resources professionals are invited to attend the listening session in their area to provide input on this plan. 

    In 2008, Minnesota voters approved a Constitutional Amendment to protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The amendment created a three-eighths of a percent sales tax to fund, among other things, the protection and preservation of Minnesota’s freshwater. The amendment has the potential to raise more than $275 million a year, of which roughly one third will go toward protecting  and preserving Minnesota’s surface and ground water. The WRC has been charged by the Legislature to develop this framework to serve as a roadmap – with clear signposts on how and when to spend the money and on what initiatives – based on scientific research, expert opinion, and input from citizens.
    Visit the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework project website at
    wrc.umn.edu to learn more about the project.  You are also encouraged to visit the website to be one of 10,000 people to complete the “Minnesotans and Their Water” online survey.  Two separate but similar sessions are planned for each location. 

    The agenda and locations for the listening sessions are noted below.

    12:30-3:30pm  Regional water resource professionals
    - Overview of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
    - One year status report and check-in on Clean Water Fund implementation
    - Overview of Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework Project
    - Quantitative Input Session
    - Qualitative Input Session

    4-6pm  Citizens and local officials
    - Overview of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
    - Overview of Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework Project
    - Quantitative Input Session
    - Qualitative Input Session

    St. Cloud (Jan 19) – Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Hwy 23 & 15
    Chanhassen (Jan 21) – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Auditorium
    Crookston (Feb 3) – UMC, Youngquist Auditorium
    Brainerd (Feb 4) – Northland Arboretum
    Duluth (Feb 10) – MPCA Building, 525 Lake Ave S, 4th Floor
    Rochester (Feb 11) – Holiday Inn, South 1630 S Broadway
    Marshall (Feb 16) – Best Western, 1500 E College Drive
    West Saint Paul (Feb 18) – Thompson Park, Dakota Lodge

    Posted by MNTU @ 4:49 pm

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