Water Supply Technical 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 a policy advisory committee, the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee (MAWSAC).

In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed a measure to establish a Metropolitan Area Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee to inform the MAWSAC. MAWSAC is responsible for appointing the technical advisory committee to provide scientific and engineering expertise to inform MAWSAC's work.

The technical advisory committee consists of 15 members appointed by the policy advisory committee. The majority of members represent single-city and multicity public water supply systems in the metropolitan area, and include experts in:

  • Water resources analysis and modeling
  • Hydrology
  • Engineering, planning, design, and constructions of water systems
  • Water systems finance

Technical Advisory Committee Members

  • Scott Anderson, Interim Chair, City of Bloomington
  • John Dustman, Summit Envirosolutions
  • Robert Ellis, City of Eden Prairie
  • Dale Folen, City of Minneapolis
  • Elizabeth Kaufenberg, Pollution Control Agency
  • Kim Larsen, Department of Health
  • G.H. Crystal Ng, University of Minnesota
  • Matt Saam, City of Apple Valley
  • James Stark, United States Geological Survey & Legislative Water Commission
  • Jim Westerman, City of Woodbury
  • Ray Wuolo, Barr Engineering Company

Technical Advisory Committee meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting documents

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