Improving Water Quality Toolkit, Metro Minnesota
In the land of 10,000 lakes, clean water should be a right, not a privilege. But the reality is that the quality of our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater is threatened from many sources all across our state. We are at a crucial moment – we can continue to let water quality become worse or we can work together to reverse the damage that has been done and prevent future water degradation. That is why your involvement in this summer’s Community Water Meetings is so important.
It will take all of us working together to protect our waters for ourselves and future generations. That is why, after hearing from citizens and experts at Water Summits in Morris and St. Paul, I set the goal to improve our State’s water quality 25 percent by 2025. This goal does not mean that every pollutant will be reduced by 25 percent; it does not mean that every part of the state will improve 25 percent; but it means that in aggregate for the state and the many pollutants there will be a 25 percent improvement. At the current level of effort, there will be only a 7 percent improvement statewide, and without further action, water quality will get worse.
To be clear, this is not a regulation. More importantly, it is a call to action and the reason for Minnesotans to gather for Community Water Meetings this summer. I want to hear from people in every part of our State about the water concerns in their communities, how it will benefit our economy and quality of life to improve water quality, and what we can do to make greater progress toward clean water.