Water is something that connects us as Minnesotans. You can see this through our pride of being the state of 10,000 lakes. For Minnesotans, water is a nonpartisan issue that nearly all of us care about. Through our work at Conservation Minnesota surveying 65,000 Minnesotans on what issues they care most about, water is often the top issue on our minds.
Because water is such an important issue to all of us, this spring Conservation Minnesota is hosting the first Dakota County Water Forum: A Clean Water Strategy to educate and inform residents and elected officials about the successes and challenges facing local government and communities throughout Dakota County.
The idea for this forum was the result of my work in the southeast metro talking with professionals and our members about their concerns. I learned through these conversations that local governments in Dakota County are doing some very proactive work in restoring trout streams, acquiring conservation easements, and working to ensure that we have fishable and swimmable water for all to enjoy. I’ve also learned that many of us were not aware of this great work being done right in our backyards.
I hope that you will join us for the Dakota County Water Forum: A Clean Water Strategy on Saturday, May 6th at the Eagan Community Center (1501 Central Parkway) from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Doors open at 8:45 am with continental breakfast, networking, and informational booths from local organizations.
We will see presentations from local water experts like Eric Macbeth who is the Eagan Water Resource Manager; Curt Coudron who is the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District Project Management Supervisor; Mark Zabel who is the Vermillion River Watershed Administrator; and Nels Paulson who is our Policy Manager here at Conservation Minnesota. We hope that each of these speakers will shed some light on what cities, the county, and organizations are doing to ensure that we have clean water here in Dakota County. After presentations, a panel will convene for your chance to ask more questions about topics discussed at the forum.
This event is free and open to the public but space is limited so please RSVP with me – firstname.lastname@example.org 612-767-1572. I hope to see you at the forum!