MEETING OF THE
METROPOLITAN AREA WATER SUPPLY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Wednesday | July 27, 2016
390 Robert Street, Council Chambers, St. Paul, MN 55101| 1:00 PM
|Sandy Rummel, Chair
||Metropolitan Council District 11
||City of Savage
||Municipal Representative, Washington County
||Department of Agriculture
||City of New Brighton
||City of Minneapolis, Water Works
||Anoka Conservation District
||Department of Natural Resources
||Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
||City of Minnetonka
||Department of Health
||St. Paul Regional Water Services
||City of Chanhassen
NOTE: Quorum = 9
Voting = Majority of quorum present must vote in favor of an item for it to pass
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
June 8, 2016
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
regular meeting of the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee
IV. INFORMATION ITEMS
1.Reducing Water Use on Twin Cities Lawns through Assessment, Research, and Demonstration– Brian Davis, Environmental Services and Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota
In the Twin Cities metropolitan area approximately 20% of all treated drinking water is used outdoors, with a majority being used on lawns and landscapes. The Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota Extension are working to quantify the performance of existing Twin Cities landscape irrigation systems, compare these existing irrigation systems with water-efficient systems, and demonstrate to the public and to municipalities the benefits of switching to smart irrigation technologies including soil moisture and evapotranspiration sensors, and water efficient sprinkler heads.
The Great Lakes Agreement and the Great Lakes Compact generally prohibit diversion of water outside of the Great Lakes Basin. An exception is provided for public water suppliers that meet certain criteria described in these documents. The City of Waukesha, Wisconsin applied for an exemption. The members of the Regional Body (eight Great Lakes states and Ontario and Quebec) reviewed the application and the Compact Council (eight Great Lakes states) decided to approve the application with conditions. This talk will describe the review process and decision-making process.
2.Waukesha, WI Great Lakes Water Diversion, Minnesota’s Role– Julie Ekman, MN Department of Natural Resources
Shoreview is evaluating innovative approaches to water conservation. The City has partnered with technology company WaterSmart Software to provide residents with an easy-to-use online and mobile Customer Portal. Residents will now be able to access individualized water consumption reports, receive timely utility communications, and water-saving recommendations specific to their household. The goal is to give water customers insight on their water consumption and more timely (and personalized) water conservation messaging.
3.City of Shoreview Water Conservation Initiative–Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview
The draft TAC charter has been revised based on input from both MAWSAC and TAC. Changes will be reviewed, and MAWSAC approval will be requested.
1. Update Regarding TAC Meeting July 20, 2016 – Dean Lotter, MAWSAC
By Feb. 15, 2017, MAWSAC shall report to the Council, the Legislative Water Commission, and legislators with information required by MN Statutes 473.1565. The report and recommendations must include information provided by the TAC. The scope and schedule for this work will be proposed and discussed.
3. 2017 Legislative Report – Lanya Ross, Environmental Services
* Additional materials included for items on published agenda
** Additional business items added following publication of agenda
*** Backup materials available at the meeting