Minnesota’s 25x’25 public engagement initiative

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Governor Mark Dayton has set forth an ambitious goal of achieving a 25% improvement in Minnesota’s water quality by the year 2025. The Governor’s office, with the support of state agencies and local partners, is launching a public engagement process from June through November 2017 to gather input across Minnesota on reaching the 25 x ’25 goal. The objectives are to identify regionally-specific priorities, create a shared vision for what a 25% improvement will look like for different parts of the state, and develop strategies to get there.

25BY25 meetings will be held throughout the state July – October.  The Governor is planning 3 meetings in the Metro area: Minneapolis 9/26, Burnsville 10/4, and Maplewood 10/5.  All from 6 – 8pm. Updates and information will be posted on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s 25BY25 webpage.

The Anoka County Community Health Board has determined that water quality and sustainable drinking water is a most important community health issue. Addressing water challenges involve the participation of community leaders, organizations, residents and businesses working together. Each community in Anoka County has prepared plans and is collaborating in the protection and management of their water resources.

Residents need safe drinking water. The source of Anoka County’s drinking water is found within its communities through the use of public and private water wells (ground water). Businesses need an adequate and sustained supply of good quality water. Communities need natural resources that are managed well. For more information see the “Water Management in Anoka County” brochure or contact Bart Biernat (763-422-6985,  Bart.Biernat@co.anoka.mn.us).

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