ST. PAUL, MN – A series of ten Water Quality Town Hall meetings will begin on Monday, July 27, 2017 in Rochester. Governor Mark Dayton and his administration have organized the ten town halls to offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The town hall meetings continue Governor Dayton’s efforts to protect and preserve Minnesota waters, including is “25 by 25” Water Quality proposal announced earlier this year.

“All Minnesotans have a stake in water that’s safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing,” said Governor Dayton. “These town hall meetings will further the important conversations already happening across Minnesota around water quality. Together we can develop strategies and solutions that work for all of our communities.”

The town hall meetings will be attended by key members of Governor Dayton’s Cabinet who want to hear from Minnesotans about ways to improve the state’s water quality at the local level.

Water Quality Town Hall Meetings

Ten town hall meetings have been scheduled in communities across Minnesota. These town hall meetings are free to attend and open to the public. Each town hall meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. A complete list of dates and locations is available on the Environmental Quality Board website. RSVP for an event by visiting the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Facebook page. No advance registration is necessary.

• Rochester – Water Quality Town Hall

Monday, July 31, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Rochester Community and Technical College - Heintz Commons

1926 Collegeview Rd SE

• Mankato – Water Quality Town Hall

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Centennial Student Union - 620 S Road

Community Water Meetings

In addition to attending the town hall meetings, Minnesotans are encouraged to host their own community meetings about water quality from July through August. These community water meetings offer an opportunity for cities, schools, families, and friends to identify ways individuals can work at the local level to move Minnesota towards the 25 by 25 goal. Individuals interested in registering to hold their own community water meeting can find more information on the Environmental Quality Board website.

25 By 2025 Water Quality Goal

Earlier this year, Governor Dayton announced a new goal to improve Minnesota’s water quality 25 percent by 2025. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota’s waters is expected to improve only 6 to 8 percent by 2034. If the goal is approved by the Legislature, a series of town halls and community meetings would engage local governments, farmers, scientists, environmental groups, and business leaders in a collaborative effort to address Minnesota’s water quality challenges.

Achieving a 25 percent improvement in water quality statewide would require Minnesota to take aggressive, yet achievable action. It also would help Minnesota meet existing commitments to reduce phosphorus 12 percent by 2025 and nitrogen 45 percent by 2040 in the Mississippi River. Additional information can be found on the Environmental Quality Board website.

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