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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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On the Waterfront

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Project management plan: Minnesota River basin integrated watershed study

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Minnesota River integrated watershed management interagency study team meeting

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Agenda: Minnesota River integrated watershed, water quality and ecosystem restoration study

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Minnesota River basin reconnaissance study

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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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State charts course to clean water future

A new report by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board charts a 10-year agenda for protecting and restoring Minnesota's water resources.The report, 2010 Minnesota Water Plan, establishes strategies and principles for ensuring the availability and sustainability of clean water for current and future generations.There is widespread understanding of the challenges Minnesotans face in safeguarding the state's water resources. Today, 40 percent of tested surface waters are impaired.

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