Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is home to more than 7,000 square miles of water where Minnesotans play and fish. But many of our state’s waters are facing pollution problems.
More than 40% of Minnesota waters are currently unsafe for normal uses including swimming, fishing, or drinking. Earlier this year, Governor Dayton announced a new bipartisan goal to improve the state’s water quality by reducing pollution 25% by the year 2025.
Throughout the summer and fall, Governor Dayton’s office will hold 10 regional meetings across the state to gather input and perspective from citizens on how best to achieve this goal. The Governor is calling all Minnesotans to be part of the solution saying, “this is everyone’s challenge, and everyone’s responsibility.”
As each of the meetings occur, Conservation Minnesota’s regional managers are holding small group meetings in nearby local communities to discuss the Governor’s goal and to provide additional feedback and ideas. Local communities have been eager to get involved and have suggested a number of strategies to help meet the 25% goal on a local level.
At a recent Conservation Minnesota led meeting in Rochester, the group discussed water issues impacting their community, such as runoff from agricultural processes as well as from lawn chemicals. The group also discussed solutions to improve notification systems about stream and river’s impacted by storm water.
We should all be excited about the many ideas and suggestions being brought to each regional and community meeting. Protecting water for all Minnesotans and future generations will take all of us, and we hope you’ll participate, too.
For more information or if you would like to send comments and ideas to improve Minnesota’s water, visit conservationminnesota.org/25by25.