Friday, January 7, 2011

Minnesota makes strides to help in protection efforts

By Brian Reetz, The Groundwater Foundation

It’s great to see when everyone gets involved in the protection efforts of water, and specifically about groundwater. It seems like the state of Minnesota is making quite an effort!

I came across an article the other day at about the efforts that are currently taking place in Minnesota. The Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework report is quite an undertaking but it has a great goal. According to the article, it would “start Minnesota down a path that would eventually ensure a stable supply of clean drinking water, restore the state’s legacy of clean lakes and rivers, and provide leadership nationally in identifying and regulating hundreds of new and potentially dangerous contaminants from pharmaceutical and other consumer products.” The report was presented to the state legislature this week.

Follow this link to read the article (the article also provides a link to the full report):

We currently have three teams in Minnesota as Groundwater Guardians, all of them in the City of Detroit Lakes. We also have two affiliates (LLMP Public Health Services and the Metro Area Groundwater Alliance). Work, such as this 25-year plan, should spur more people to take a proactive approach to protecting groundwater.

Another part of the article that was a highlight for me was this quote from Brad Moore, a government relations expert with Barr Engineering, “Imagine taking money out of a bank account without knowing how much is there.” This was in reference to a part of the plan that would measure the state’s groundwater.

In regards to that, I try to constantly add stories to our Twitter page so there is a source of information flowing. If you don’t currently follow us, do it today at groundwaterfdn.

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