Water connects each of us as Minnesotans and it connects all conservation issues in our state. Because of water’s unique importance, Conservation Minnesota and our Minnesota Waters program is working to achieve a lasting legacy for future generations. We call it the Clean Water Promise.
The goals of the Clean Water Promise are clear and achievable:
- By 2020, state and local officials will have the information, tools, and authority necessary to conserve and sustainably manage the quantity of water in our lakes, streams, and groundwater reserves.
- By 2025, Minnesotans will enjoy lakes and rivers that have 95% less plastic pollution.
- By 2030, every Minnesotan will be drinking safe, non-polluted water.
- By 2040, Minnesota will protect children from mercury pollution. Individuals, business, and industries in our state will have stopped adding mercury to our lakes.
- By 2050, Minnesotans will have peace of mind knowing that every one of our lakes is safe for swimming. Currently polluted lakes will be cleaned up, and our most pristine lakes will be protected for future generations to experience.
One central way to achieve these important goals is connecting our community coordinators with lake associations. Lake Associations have a variety of concerns and recognize that there are many factors that affect the quality of water in our lakes.
An outstanding example is Judy Schaubach, President of the Long Lake Improvement Association in Isanti County who worked with coordinator, Jackie Halberg, to arrange a presentation and legislative update to the Lakes and Rivers Association of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs Counties (PICKM). As a result, Conservation Minnesota’s message was multiplied from one lake in Isanti County to all the lakes in five counties. The power of our lake association network is growing rapidly and we appreciate the enthusiasm of people who are committed to protecting their lakes.