Weather Forecast


Funding for government lapses as short-term spending bill stalls in the Senate

Panel to get report on sustaining MN water quality

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota House environment committee gets a presentation today on a long-range plan to ensure the Land of 10,000 Lakes has clean, abundant water for generations to come.

It's called the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework and it was prepared for the Legislature by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. The 150-page report presents what the authors have identified as the 10 most pressing issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable water use. It proposes strategies for what should be done, and makes recommendations for meeting the challenges.

The report says the state tends to take its abundant and clean water for granted. But it says Minnesota's growing population will result in ever greater demands on its water supply, and its quality, unless the state makes changes now to protect it.