About the Environmental Quality Board

The Environmental Quality Board is made up of 9 agency heads and 8 citizen members.  In addition to other duties, we provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional, and multi-dimensional, as well as provide for opportunities for public access and engagement.

Our mission is to enhance Minnesota's environmental quality for current and future generations by leading interagency work to advance meaningful public engagement and facilitate informed decision-making on critical environmental issues.

The Environmental Quality Board consists of a Governor's representative (by law the board chair), nine state agency heads and eight 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.