Wastewater, Water Supply and Surface Water
Water resources have sustained this region for millennia – and wise planning now can ensure a water-rich future for generations to come.
The key is building region-wide support that brings people and organizations together working toward common goals.
Thrive MSP 2040, the Council's regional guide for planning and development, helps provide direction for the region as it grows in population from 2.9 million people in 2010 to 3.7 million in 2040.
Supporting Thrive, the Council’s 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan integrates water resources planning for wastewater, water supply and surface water with the goal of protecting, conserving, and utilizing the region's groundwater and surface water in ways that protect public health, support economic growth and development, maintain habitat and ecosystem health, and provide for recreational opportunities.
The plan provides regional guidelines for water areas in which the Council has some statutory responsibility – wastewater service, surface water management and water supply – and helps focus the discussion among regional partners.
Through its policies and planning, the Council is committed to working collaboratively with state and federal agencies, local and county government, watershed management organizations, interest groups and the public to protect the region’s rich water resources as the region continues to grow.
The Council's planning efforts focus on 3 primary areas:
In 2005, the Minnesota State Legislature directed the Council to plan for future water supply needs in the metropolitan area.
In 2015, the Council approved its updated Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan. The plan lays out a flexible, adaptive strategy to managing long-range water supply, and guides water supply planning at the local and regional level.