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Description: The mission of the Environmental Quality Board is to lead Minnesota environmental policy by responding to key issues, providing appropriate review and coordination, serving as a public forum and developing developing long-range strategies to enhance Minnesota’s environmental quality
Date: July 22, 2013
Subject(s): Environmental policy
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The mission of the Environmental Quality Board is to lead Minnesota environmental policy by responding to key issues, providing appropriate review and coordination, serving as a public forum and developing long-range strategies to enhance Minnesota's environmental quality. The Environmental Quality Board consists of a Governor's representative (by law the board chair), nine state agency heads and five citizen members. Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 103A, 103B, 116C, 116D and 116G (Statutes and Rules of the EQB), directs EQB to:

  • Ensure compliance with state environmental policy
  • Oversee the environmental review process
  • Coordinate agencies and programs that affect the environment
  • Study environmental issues
  • Convene environmental congresses
  • Coordinate assessments of water resources
  • Develop water priorities and policy reports
  • Develop the state water plan
  • Administer critical areas designation and management
  • Coordinate development of an integrated state energy and environmental strategy report
  • Advise the Governor and the Legislature 

Staff of the EQB is housed at the Pollution Control Agency.

Environmental Quality Board Members

Departments and Agencies

Chair

Dave Frederickson
Commissioner of Department of Agriculture
625 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-6219

Spencer Cronk
Commissioner of Department of Administration
200 Administration Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-2566

John Linc Stine
Commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-757-2014
651-296-6334 (fax)

Katie Clark Sieben
Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development
500 Metro Square Building
121 E Seventh Pl.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-259-7114

Dr. Edward Ehlinger
Commissioner of the Department of Health
625 No. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-5810
651-201-4986 (fax)

Thomas Landwehr
Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5022
651-296-4799 (fax)

Charlie Zelle
Commissioner of the Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-366-4800
651-366-4795 (fax)

Mike Rothman
Commissioner of the Department of Commerce
85 7th Pl. E., Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-296-4026

Vice Chair

Brian Napstad
Chair of the Board of Water and Soil Resources
51227 Long Point Place
McGregor, MN 55780
218-426-4662

Citizen members

Julie Goehring
708 70 Ave. NW
Moorhead, MN 56560
(218) 291-0422

John Saxhaug
3940 Harriet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 713-5485

Erik J. Tomlinson
1038 Ruggles St.
Roseville, MN  55113
(612) 701-7343

Kristin W. Duncanson
57746 Highway 30
Mapleton, MN 56065
(507) 524-3797

Kate Knuth
2347 14th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN
(612) 624-8359


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Technical Representatives

Each Commissioner who is a member of the Environmental Quality Board has appointed a staff person to serve as the commissioners Technical Representative. Called the Tech Reps, these staff members meet the Monday of each month of the week before the monthly Board meeting to review the upcoming agenda items. The Tech Reps also serve as the main liaison between EQB staff and the agencies.

Agriculture
Bob Patton
625 No. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-6226
bob.patton@state.mn.us

PCA
Susan Heffron
520 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-757-2417
susan.heffron@state.mn.us

DEED
Kari Howe
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St., Suite E200
St. Paul, Mn 55101
218-766-5282

Health
Michele Ross
625 No. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-4927
michele.ross@state.mn.us

DNR
Melissa Doperalski
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5082
melissa.doperalski@state.mn.us

MnDOT
Debra Moynihan
395 John Ireland Blvd., MS 620
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-366-3618
debra.moynihan@state.mn.us

Commerce
Ray Kirsch
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7588
raymond.kirsch@state.mn.us

BWSR
Travis Germundson
520 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-297-4958
travis.germundson@state.mn.us

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

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