Meeting of the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
390 North Robert Street, Chambers
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Committee Members:
Sandy Rummel, Chair Metropolitan Council District 11
Jamie Schurbon Anoka County
Randy Ellingboe Department of Health
Tom Furlong City of Chanhassen, Mayor
Chuck Haas City of Hugo, Council Member
Vacant Dakota County, Commissioner
Julie Ekman Department of Natural Resources
Sandy Colvin Roy Hennepin County
Glenn Skuta Pollution Control Agency
Barry Stock City of Savage, Administrator
Dan Stoddard Department of Agriculture
Steve Schneider St. Paul Regional Water Services, General Manager
Michael Robinson Chisago County
Susan Morris Isanti County
Lisa Vollbrecht Sherburne County
Elmer Eichelberg Wright County

Call to Order
Approval of 7/24/13 agenda and 5/22/13 minutes
III. Exploring the Use of Groundwater Management Areas to Address Water Sustainability Challenges – Jason Moeckel (DNR)
  The DNR Commissioner recently responded to a request by the White Bear Lake Conservation District to designate an area around WBL as a groundwater management area as part of a comprehensive solution to help restore water levels in the lake. This is a relatively new authority and raises many new questions and some old ones. Including, how to think about meeting the current and future water supply needs of a growing metropolitan area. The DNR is interested in hearing from municipal water suppliers and other stakeholders to help us think about boundary setting and other considerations.
  With growing awareness of the problems associated with continued reliance on groundwater specially the Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer, an important question is asked “what about the other metro aquifers”. This presentation summarizes the other groundwater sources available, other aquifers water use and highlights potential issues.
Water Supply and a Thriving Region – William Moore
    “The Council needs input from MAWSAC members on how Thrive plan should address key water supply issues in the region”
VI.   Draft Technical Work Plan for 2013- 2015 – Ali Elhassan
  “…water use is sustainable when the use does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”         -- 2009 Minnesota State Legislature