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"Year of Water Action" Declared in Minnesota

MN water actionMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton is spotlighting the importance of H2O with his "Year of Water Action" Stewardship Pledge. “As I travel across Minnesota, I hear frequent concerns about the quality of our State’s water,” said Gov. Dayton. “The future of clean water in Minnesota is dependent on the action we all take now. That is why I am asking all Minnesotans to join me, in pledging to protect and preserve clean water throughout our State.”

Throughout the year, Minnesotans will also be able to take the pledge, which calls for Minnesotans to consider several things, including:

  • How water impacts daily life and the lives of future generations.
  • Ways to use water efficiently and wisely in everyday activities.
  • What individuals can do to protect and preserve water.
  • Making informed consumer choices.
  • Talking to one another about water protection and preservation. 

The Governor's office says despite the State’s abundance of lakes, rivers, groundwater, and streams, more than 40 percent of Minnesota’s waters are listed as impaired or polluted. Damaging aquatic invasive species have infested more than 550 lakes statewide. Gov. Dayton and his Administration will travel around the State through August 2017 to raise awareness of the many issues affecting water quality and highlight ways that Minnesotans can take action to preserve and protect it. Each month will focus on a different facet and important role water plays in the State’s health, economy, and overall way of life.

  • October 2016 – Clean Water Challenges & Solutions in Greater Minnesota
  • November 2016 – Clean Water Challenges & Solutions in the Twin Cities
  • December 2016 – Winter Ways to Take Action for Clean Water
  • January 2017 – Clean Water Creates a Healthy Minnesota
  • February 2017 – Minnesota Innovations in Clean Water Practices and Technology
  • March 2017 – Impacts of Climate Change on Minnesota Water
  • April 2017 – Sustainable Practices for Clean Water
  • May 2017 – Keep Our Waters Swimmable & Fishable  
  • June 2017 – Clean Water is Good for Our Economy
  • July 2017 – Year of Water Action for a Future Generation 
  • August 2017 – A Year of Water Action in Review

Click here to access more information about the Year of Water Action pledge.




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