Water Program (archive)

The Environmental Quality Board is charged with coordinating state water resource management activities. It is responsible for developing the state water plan, a state water monitoring plan, biennial water policy and priorities reports, and biennial reports on trends in water quality and availability and research needs.

Ongoing projects and studies

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.

Completed projects and studies

Water Availability Technical Team

Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

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.

Interagency water monitoring technical workgroup: An interagency group of water monitoring technical experts meets on a regular basis to ensure efficiency and interagency coordination.

Groundwater technical workgroup: DNR led a team of expert hydrologists to evaluate tools for sustainability. (Project record) Managing for water sustainability: report of the EQB Water Availability project: Calls for important new steps to protect the state’s water supplies, December 11, 2008. (1.1 M, PDF) | Report details

Water availability project: Enviromental Quality Board sets course for water sustainability.

Clean Water Cabinet: The Environmental Quality Board worked with and through Clean Water Cabinet to accomplish its water mission.

5-Year Water Policy Report: Minnesota Statutes directs the Environmental Quality Board to coordinate state water programs and develop a biennial water policy and priorities report.