February Water News

Even though it is winter, there is still a lot going on in the water world! Below we’ll discuss some recent announcements, publications, and updates. If there are specific newsletters that interest you, be sure to subscribe to them so you never miss an issue!

MN Stormwater News

Last week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) published the latest edition of their quarterly newsletter, MN Stormwater News. This edition includes lots of good information including updates to the MN Stormwater Manual, tips and training videos, and information about becoming a Minnesota GreenCorps host site (more on that below).

The articles in the Winter 2022 edition of MN Stormwater News are:

  • Construction stormwater inspectors identify top 5 violations in 2021
  • Remember to do winter inspections!
  • City of Apple Valley MS4 training videos
  • MN Stormwater Manual updates
  • Apply to be a Minnesota GreenCorps host site
  • Events

Click here to read the newsletter!

Apply to be a MN GreenCorps Host Site!

The MPCA is accepting applications now through Tuesday, March 22nd at 5:00 pm from organizations interested in hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member for the 2022-2023 program year. Members serve at organizations throughout the state, completing community-focused environmental projects while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills. MN GreenCorps member projects must align with one of 4 topic areas:

  • Air pollutant reduction;
  • Community readiness and outreach;
  • Green infrastructure improvements; or
  • Waste reduction, recycling, and organics management.

For more information and to apply, see the article in MN Stormwater News, or visit the MPCA MN GreenCorps host sites webpage.

Waterline: Spring 2022

Also published last week was the Spring 2022 edition of The Waterline. The Waterline is a quarterly newsletter published by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for water operators, city officials, and other interested in news related to public water systems in Minnesota. Included in this edition is an important update on the lead and copper rule, along with tips and information on training opportunities.

Below are all of the articles included in this edition of The Waterline:

  • Water Towers: New, Old, and Both
  • John Kriesel to be Keynote Speaker for 2022 Metro Water Operators School
  • Blast from the Past: Waterline Roots
  • Threats Highlight Need for Emphasis on Cybersecurity
  • EPA Finishes Lead and Copper Revision, Plans Improvements
  • Minnesota Water Research Funds Keep Flowing
  • More Training Opportunities: WUTT and Drinking Water Institute
  • Worth Watching: Minneapolis and St. Paul Water Treatment Videos
  • Words to Live By
  • Reminder to All Water Operators
  • Calendar

Click here to read the Spring 2022 edition of The Waterline!

Clean Water Council Update

The Minnesota Clean Water Council, created through the 2006 Clean Water Legacy Act, advises the Legislature and the Governor on the administration and implementation of the Clean Water Legacy Act. The Council sends email updates out every Thursday. On February 17th , their update including items such as a new Smart Salting training for local leaders, a link to the video of the proceedings of the 3rd Annual Ag-Urban Partnership Forum, an update on the Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Initiative, and more. Click here to read the update.

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