Meeting of the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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
Georg Fischer Dakota County, Environmental Resources Director
Julie Ekman Department of Natural Resources
Sandy Colvin Roy Hennepin County
Katrina Kessler 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
Mark Daleiden Wright County




I.    Call to Order

II.    Approval of 03/26/14 agenda and 01/22/14 and 10/23/13 minutes

III.   Burnsville-Savage Water Supply Collaboration
– Steve Albrecht and Linda Mullen (City of Burnsville), Mike Klimers (City of Savage)
        “The Cities of Savage and Burnsville have been working together to provide a sustainable water supply for more than five years.   Concerns over water levels in the Jordan aquifer, and the long term impacts of those levels on the natural environment and water supply, led to a unique public/private partnership.  Through this partnership, the cities utilize ground water previously discharged to the Minnesota River as part of the Kraemer Quarry operations to meet approximately 33% (1.2 billion gallons) of their combined annual water needs.  While this partnership has provided its challenges, it has ultimately been a success.  Recent aquifer water level information indicates the Jordan aquifer is recovering in the Savage-Burnsville area, and will be a sustainable water resource for years to come.  This partnership would not have been possible without the support and involvement of the DNR, MDH, State of Minnesota and Kraemer Mining and Minerals.  The Cities will provide a brief presentation on the partnership, its challenges and how they have worked together to make it a success.”

IV.     Water Supply Planning Unit Technical Projects update – Ali Elhassan and John Chlebeck
“In 2013, the state Legislature approved $2,537,000 from the Clean Water Legacy Fund to evaluate the reliability and sustainability of the water supply throughout the seven county metropolitan area, including the northeast metro. This presentation summarizes the status of two main efforts taken by the Council.”

          a.      Northeast Feasibility Analysis
          b.      Metropolitan Region Water Supply Sustainability Analysis

V.     Northeast Groundwater Management Area Update – Paul Putzier (DNR)
“DNR will provide an update on the N&E Metro Groundwater Management Area (GWMA).  The DNR last presented an update to the MAWSAC in July 2013.  Since that time a Project Advisory team has been assembled, a working boundary for the GWMA has been proposed and more recently revised; DNR hosted a Stakeholder open house in Shoreview attended by over 200 people. The advisory team has met four times to discuss management strategies directed toward more sustainable management groundwater resources in the N&E Metro.”

VI.     Update of the Master Water Supply Plan – Ali Elhassan and Lanya Ross
“The Twin Cities Master Water Supply Plan (Master Plan) was approved by the Metropolitan Council (Council) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2010. As approved, that plan states that it will be formally updated when the Council updates the comprehensive development guide for the metropolitan area and Water Resources Policies.  In addition, new technical analyses identifies new emerging water supply issues and proposes new water supply alternative that is not in the recommended list included in the original plan. This work fulfills the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, Section 473.1565. In this meeting the Council staff would like to receive MAWSAC member’s feedback on the proposed contents, process and schedule of the updated master plan
[Master Water Supply Plan Update_Table of Contents_Mar17_2014_DRAFT]

VII.    Update on Communication Tools for MAWSAC- Lanya Ross

VIII.   Reports from MAWSAC members

IX.     Adjourn

“…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