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General Session


Featured Topics and Keynote Speakers:
 

John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesotans do not take their water quality for granted.  In 2008, Minnesota's voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) to the Minnesota Constitution to: protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. Governor Dayton is implementing his “25 by ‘25” goal to improve Minnesota’s water quality 25 percent by 2025. Without additional actions, water quality is only expected to improve 6 to 8 percent by 2034. “25 by ‘25” is meant to engage local governments, businesses, farmers, scientists, and others in a new collaborative effort to restore and improve water quality across Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s proposal would not add new regulations, but would instead drive public engagement and partnerships to address Minnesota’s water quality challenges. Efforts like this are why Minnesota is known as a leader in protecting its water resources.
 

Jeff Freeman, Bill Dunn, Aaron Jensen, Dwight Wilcox and Eric VanDyken
Minnesota has a long history of addressing the wastewater treatment needs of all Minnesotans. Officials have acknowledged that different situations call for different solutions and committed to create programs that serve diverse audiences - individual homeowners, bare bones local units of government, and municipalities in rural or urban/rural transition areas. A panel of senior state and local government agency officials will describe the state's multi-faceted approach to managing water in the state.

 

Senior EPA Official
A senior official from the US EPA's Office of Water will provide an update on EPA's activities regarding initiatives within EPA which have an impact on the onsite/decentralized wastewater industry.

 

Dr. Lynn Broaddus, The Broadview Collaborative
Sometimes it seems as if privately managed decentralized systems and decentralized systems being utilized by public utilities are in two different worlds rather than being two sides of the same coin. As the person who let the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread's groundbreaking "Charting New Waters" initiative, Dr. Broaddus is uniquely positioned to understand what is happening in both worlds and how they are contributing to goal of One Water management. She will share some of the insights she has gleaned from her efforts leading "Charting New Waters" regarding how public utilities are approaching decentralized/distributed infrastructure acquisition and management. In addition she will identify areas and opportunities where both private and public sectors can work more closely together.