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Minnesota's Water Industry Economic Profile Summary

This document is an overview of the EQB and the Department of Employment and Economic Development collaboration of  Minnesota's Water Industry Economic Profile. Safe and affordable water is an important aspect of economic vitality and public health. Unfortunately, water supplies are running perilously low around the world; by 2025, market analysts expect two-thirds of the world population will experience water stress.

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Minnesota's Water Industry Economic Profile

EQB and the Department of Employment and Economic Development have collaborated to release Minnesota's Water Industry Economic Profile. Safe and affordable water is an important aspect of economic vitality and public health. Unfortunately, water supplies are running perilously low around the world; by 2025, market analysts expect two-thirds of the world population will experience water stress.

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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.

Links to the documents:

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Clean Water Cabinet

Governor Tim Pawlenty established the Clean Water Cabinet in 2003. Its purpose was to coordinate and facilitate state efforts to protect Minnesota’s waters. A committee of the Environmental Quality Board, the cabinet helped the board address its water authorities. EQB staff supported the committee by providing technical support, documenting discussions on key water issues, capturing important activities of the cabinet in issues of the On the Waterfront, and designing and maintaining the cabinet’s web site.

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Minnesota River integrated watershed, water quality and ecosystem restoration study

The Environmental Quality Board (EQB), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Minnesota River Board and more than 20 partners are developing a partnership for restoring the Minnesota River Basin. The partnership will provide the basin’s water and land managers with new tools for making sensible water and land use choices. It will help people living in the area understand how decisions can serve everyone’s economic interests by contributing to a diversified agricultural community and a beautiful and healthy environment.

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Interagency water monitoring technical workgroup

Since the early 1990's an interagency group of water monitoring technical experts has been meeting on a regular basis to ensure efficiency and interagency coordination.

This web page was created to support the activities of the group. Information generated for each of the meetings will be posted here.

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Groundwater technical workgroup

The Environmental Quality Board charged the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological and Water Resources, to work with EQB staff to lead a team of expert hydrologists to evaluate models and tools needed for managing groundwater sustainably. The final report, Evaluation of Models and Tools for
Assessing Groundwater Availability and Sustainability: Priorities for

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Water availability project

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State water plan

Overview

According to Minnesota Statutes 103B.151, the Environmental Quality Board is to coordinate a comprehensive long-range water resources plan for the state every ten years.

2020 State Water Plan: Water and Climate:

Water Plan Cover

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5-Year Water Policy report

Minnesota Statutes, sections 103A.43 and 103B.151, directs the Environmental Quality Board to coordinate state water programs and develop a 5-year water policy and priorities report.

In furtherance of this mission, a committee of the board – the Clean Water Cabinet – and staff in the state’s water agencies have worked to coordinate the Governor’s Clean Water Initiative and define state water priorities.

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