Navigation Links
U of Minnesota center releases nation's first long-term framework for statewide water sustainability
Date:1/5/2011

The University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center has authored a first-ever, comprehensive report designed to protect and preserve Minnesota's lakes, rivers and groundwater for the 21st century and beyond. The report is being formally presented to the Minnesota House of Representative's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee today at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5 in Room 5 of the State Office Building, St. Paul.

The Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature, is intended to serve as a legislative roadmap with timelines and benchmarks for future investments in water resources, including the estimated $86 million a year dedicated for the protection of water as a result of Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act.

The 150-page report is the result of more than 18 months of cross-organizational, interdisciplinary input from more than 250 experts from federal, state, local and tribal governments, private industry, agricultural interests, universities and environmental agencies. The report also includes feedback from more than 5,000 taxpayers who participated in an online survey and statewide listening sessions held in January and February of last year.

In response to its legislative charge, the report addresses a range of water-related issues including drinking water quality, storm water management, agricultural and industrial water use, surface and groundwater interactions, ecological needs, invasive species and Minnesota's water infrastructure system -- all within the context of changing climate, demographics and land use and development.

Specific recommendations include:

  • A comprehensive survey of Minnesota's ground water resources to understand what's available and how our current withdrawals are impacting the long-term supply;
  • An overhaul of the state's water permitting process that would include an electronic database and a method of calculating the ecological impact of water withdrawals;
  • A mandatory statewide plan to decrease nutrient runoff from agricultural sources -- a key to the plan being farmer-led, performance-based Agricultural Management Areas organized along the state's 45 watershed districts that would provide technical resources and incentives;
  • Promotion of "green" chemistry through incentives for industry and consumer education and advocacy to prevent future water contamination; Integrated water and land sustainability planning at the watershed level; and
  • The restructuring of municipal water pricing to more accurately reflect the ecological, as well as infrastructure, costs of water use.

The project was spearheaded by the Water Resources Center co-director Deborah Swackhamer, a professor in the U of M's School of Public Health and holder of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute's Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy.

"The Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework offers Minnesotans a chance to lead the nation in long-term, forward-thinking management of our water resources," says Swackhamer. "More importantly, implementation of the Framework's recommendations will assure the citizens of this state that our abundant water resources will be here for generations upon generations to come. With the Clean Water Fund and current public engagement, we have a rare moment in history to get this right."

The Legislature is expected to vote upon some of the report's recommendations in this legislative session. The report is available at wrc.umn.edu. The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.


'/>"/>

Contact: Patty Mattern
mattern@umn.edu
612-624-2801
University of Minnesota
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. University of Minnesota discovery suggests a new way to prevent HIV from infecting human cells
2. University of Minnesota engineering researcher finds new way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
3. Kids could get more whole grains from after-school snacks, University of Minnesota study finds
4. Minnesota Justice Information Services Deploys BIO-key(R) Biometric Identification
5. U of Minnesota researcher discovers how electricity moves through cells
6. University of Minnesota scientist finds that big plant seeds dont always beat out small seeds
7. U of Minnesota finalizes license agreement to form start-up company based on Doris Taylor research
8. University of Minnesota research leads to new technology to protect human health
9. Environmental cues control reproductive timing and longevity, University of Minnesota study shows
10. U of Minnesota-led study finds that hunters are depleting lion and cougar populations
11. Minnesota Counties Secure New Criminal Charging System With BIO-key(R) Fingerprint Biometrics
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/9/2017)... FRANCISCO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. ... , "Eating Well Made Simple," and 23andMe , ... help guide better food choices.  Zipongo can now provide ... their food preferences, health goals and biometrics, but also ... certain food choices. Zipongo,s personalized food decision ...
(Date:3/2/2017)... , March 2, 2017 Summary This ... Perrigo and its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Read the ... and Alliance since 2010 report provides an in-depth insight into ... sciences companies. On demand company reports are prepared ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... 2017  Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), a leading supplier ... P. Moberg has resigned, effective March 3, 2017, ... Officer and Treasurer of Aware citing a desire to ... member of the Board of Directors of Aware. ... Officer and co-President, General Counsel has been named Chief ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017  Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ... agreements with Nippon Shinyaku, Co., Ltd. for Defitelio ® ... daunorubicin liposome injection), or CPX-351, in Japan ... agreements, Nippon Shinyaku will receive exclusive rights to develop ... in return for an upfront payment to ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017 Patients are the most compelling ... Behring awards Local Empowerment for Advocacy Development (LEAD) grants ... These groups tackle complex legislative and public policy issues ... and in statehouses across the U.S. ... awarded to New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA), Neuropathy Action ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... WuXi Biologics, a leading open-access R&D ... and a WuXi AppTec Affiliate, today announced that ... Excellence Award from IMAPAC, a leading consulting firm. ... recognize outstanding leaders and trend-setters of today, and ... biomanufacturing experts in the industry, along with the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017  Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. ... and drug-delivery therapies, today announced that an Oncologic ... Drug Administration voted 11 to 0 that the ... injection was favorable for patients in the proposed ... and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The FDA action date ...
Breaking Biology Technology: