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Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

The Environmental Quality Board brings together the Governor’s Office (as chair), five citizens and the heads of nine state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota’s environment and development. The board develops policy, creates long-range plans and reviews proposed projects that would significantly influence Minnesota’s environment.

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Ongoing projects and studies

  • Executive Order 11-32 projects: At its November 14, 2012 board meeting, the EQB approved recommendations for improving environmental review, recommendations for improving environmental governance and coordination, and the Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card, in fulfillment of Executive Order 11-32. (Project record)
  • Minnesota River integrated watershed, water quality and ecosystem restoration study: The Environmental Quality Board co-chairs this federal – state study to provide the river community with new tools for understanding how local water and land use choices affect the basin. (Project record)
 

Completed projects and studies

  • Minnesota Environmental Congress Summary Report: This report was prepared by the EQB to fulfill the directive of Executive Order 11-32 to organize and host an environmental congress focused on the current state of Minnesota's environment, utilizing the elements in the report card. This directive was fulfilled through six Citizen Forums held in late 2012, and an Environmental Congress event in March, 2013. , August 1, 2013. (1.43 M, .pdf) | Report details
  • Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card: The Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card was prepared by the EQB to fulfill the directive of Executive Order 11-32 to, “[b]y November 15,2012,…prepare an environmental and energy report card that identifies metrics which the State of Minnesota can use to measure its performance and progress protecting Minnesota's valuable air, water and land resources. Once initially established, the environment and energy report card shall be an annual report with renewed priorities, initiatives, and goals and an updated report card.”, November 21, 2012. (2.1 M, .pdf) | Report details
  • Evaluation and Recommendations for Improving Environmental Review: The report, Evaluation and Recommendations for Improving Environmental Review, was prepared by the EQB to fulfill the directive of Executive Order 11-32 to, “[b]y November 15,2012,… evaluate and make recommendations on how to improve environmental review, given the changes made in Chapter 4, House File 1, and the recommendations contained in the Office of the Legislative Auditor Environmental Review and Permitting Report.”, November 21, 2012. (1.29 M, .pdf) | Report details
  • State water plan: The Environmental Quality Board is charged with initiating, coordinating, and developing a comprehensive long-range water resources planning report, to be completed every 10 years. (Project record)
  • Groundwater Protection Spending Proposal: MPCA report to the Legislature January 2010, February 11, 2010. (722.88K, .pdf) | Report details
  • Environmental Review Streamlining Report: MPCA report on environmental review streamlining, February 11, 2010. (329.04K, .pdf) | Report details
  • Amending the Environmental Review program rules - Phase 2: Amendments to Environmental Review Program Rules effective November 23, 2009. The "Phase 2" amendments, authorized for rulemaking on June 15, 2006 and adopted with modifications on June 18, 2009 by the EQB, were published in the State Register on November 16 and became effective on November 23, 2009. (Project record)

Environmental Quality Board, 520 Lafayette Road North, Saint Paul, MN 55155

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