Water Quality Town Hall Meetings Across Minnesota

Attend a Water Quality Town Hall This Summer or Fall

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

Southeast Minnesota Information Packet

Rochester Town Hall on Facebook

 

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

South Central Minnesota Information Packet

 Mankato Town Hall on Facebook

 

Marshall Water Quality Town Hall

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center, 1501 State Street

Southwest Minnesota Information Packet

Marshall Town Hall on Facebook

 

Crookston Water Quality Town Hall

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

University of Minnesota – Crookston

Bede Ballroom –Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Ave.

Northwest Minnesota Information Packet

Crookston Town Hall on Facebook

 

St. Cloud Water Quality Town Hall

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

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

St Cloud Community and Technical College Cafeteria, 1540 Northway Drive

West Central Minnesota Information Packet

St. Cloud Town Hall on Facebook

 

Ely Water Quality Town Hall

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Ely Lodge, 400 North Pioneer Road

Northeast Minnesota Information Packet

Ely Town Hall on Facebook

 

Bemidji Water Quality Town Hall

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Bemidji State University

American Indian Resource Center, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE

North Central Minnesota Information Packet

Bemidji Town Hall on Facebook

 

Minneapolis Water Quality Town Hall

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North

Twin Cities Metro Information Packet

Minneapolis Town Hall on Facebook

 

Burnsville Water Quality Town Hall

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Diamondhead Education, 200 W Burnsville Pkwy.

Twin Cities Metro Information Packet

Burnsville Town Hall on Facebook

Stillwater Water Quality Town Hall

Thursday, October 5, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Stillwater High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd N.

Twin Cities Metro Information Packet

Stillwater Town Hall on Facebook

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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