Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee

The 2005 Minnesota Legislature passed a measure that directs the Met Council to carry out planning activities addressing the water supply needs of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. To assist the Met Council in its planning activities, the legislature established the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee. The advisory committee, which was instrumental in the development of the Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan, meets regularly to discuss plan implementation and other relevant water supply topics.

In 2022, the committee produced and approved this guide for decision makers on how to approach priority water supply challenges in the coming years: Recommendations for Water Supply Planning in the Metro Area (PDF). It emphasizes conservation, interjurisdictional cooperation, and long-term sustainability. The report was shared with Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Legislature in February 2022.

Advisory committee members

Wendy Wulff
Committee Chair

Jeff Berg
Department of Agriculture

Sandeep Burman
Department of Health

John Gleason
Department of Natural Resources

Catherine Neuschler
Pollution Control Agency

Valerie Neppl
Commissioner, Dakota County

Mark Daleiden
Commissioner, Wright County

Susan Morris
Commissioner, Isanti County


Mike Huang
City of Chaska

Tonja West-Hafner
City of Brooklyn Park

Lisa Vollbrecht
St. Cloud Public Utilities

Phil Klein
City of Hugo

Patrick Shea
St. Paul Regional Water Services

Jamie Schurbon
Anoka Conservation District, Anoka County

Kevin Watson
City of Vadnais Heights

Brad Larson
City of Savage

Annika Bankston
City of Minneapolis

MAWSAC is also responsible for appointing a 15-member Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide scientific and engineering expertise to inform MAWSAC's work.

Advisory committee meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting documents

State statute establishing the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Planning Advisory Committee: Minnesota Statutes, Section 473.1565