Metropolitan Council protects water quality, public health
Residents of the Twin Cities metro area count on clean drinking water. They value the water quality of the region’s lakes, streams and rivers. While many public, private and nonprofit organizations have a role in protecting water quality, the Council is responsible under state law for developing an overall, regional approach to water planning and management.
The Council’s 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan lays out strategies to address water quality challenges. We work with our partners using an integrated approach. The goal is for human activity to have no adverse impact on water quality.
MCES approaches water quality with a watershed focus to control pollution from point (specific) and nonpoint (diffuse) sources. We bring together agencies and organizations in partnerships for collaborative planning and implementation.
Monitor and analyze water quality on area lakes and river segments and water quantity and quality on our area streams.
Ensure that treated wastewater discharged from our treatment plants meets state and federal permit standards.
Partner with public, private and nonprofit groups to improve water quality.
Review watershed plans and local water plans prepared by all local governments in the region.
Host and support the EIMS - Data management and reporting system for the Council's lake, river and stream monitoring.
Prepare annual summary reports of monitoring efforts.
Prepare special reports, such as our trend assessment report on area rivers and streams.
Provide guidance and technical assistance related to nonpoint source pollution and best management practices.
Provide guidance and direction for watershed planning and local water planning.