Governor Dayton Seeks Input on Cleaning Up Minnesota’s Waters

Governor Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to accelerate the pace of progress towards clean water. He announced a new “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal, aiming to spur collaboration and action to improve Minnesota’s water quality —  25% by the year 2025. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota’s waters is expected to improve only 6-8% by 2034.

How can we move faster to clean up Minnesota waters?

Governor Dayton is seeking your ideas, collaboration and action. 

If you’ve ever lived somewhere else, you may have had a moment when you realized by comparison how important water is in the lives of Minnesotans. Rivers, streams, big lakes, small lakes, Great Lakes  — we treasure our interaction with water.

But 40% of Minnesota’s waters are impaired — they don’t meet standards for drinking, swimming or fishing.

Governor Dayton is seeking your ideas on how to improve water quality and is hosting a series of Town Halls over the summer and fall. He is also calling on Minnesotans and civic organizations to organize their own Community Water Meetings to have discussions, share ideas, and offer feedback.

Want to talk about ideas?

1) Attend a Town Hall on Water Quality 


Bemidji Burnsville Crookston * Ely Mankato Marshall *

Minneapolis * Rochester St. Cloud * Stillwater


2) Host Your Own Community Water Meeting

Meeting hosts will be provided with a conversation guide and information on water quality in the local region.

3) Submit Your Ideas Online

Important, though decidedly less social.

Resources on water quality issues in Minnesota: 

25 by 25 Water Quality Reference Worksheet from Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Impaired Waters Webmap from Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Clean Water with Perennials from Minnesota Environmental Partnership


In Partnership,

Sara Wolff

Advocacy Director
Minnesota Environmental Action Network


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