policy forum series: minnesota's groundwater Supply: policy challenges and opportunities


In Minnesota we are used to thinking of water as a plentiful resource, not a limited one. Yet this past summer's drought, White Bear Lake’s record-low levels, and other recent headlines reminded us of the need to look critically at our groundwater resources and recognize where and why they may be constrained.

In this policy forum, we reviewed the current state of the science of Minnesota’s groundwater supply and then delved into the range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that we face in managing our groundwater more sustainably.

Focused discussion amongst expert panelists, participants, and decision-makers explored how we can move forward in the face of ongoing uncertainties, as well as potential new approaches to governing, allocating, or consuming water that may lead to a more fair and sustainable system. Through small gropu discussions, participants had the opportunity to identify issues for further discussion and to learn about and generate their own ideas for addressing the challenges of sustainably managing our groundwater supply.



Thursday, November 29, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Plymouth Creek Center
at the Millienium Garden
14800 34th Avenue
Plymouth, MN 55447

event materials

Agenda (PDF) »

Speaker Bios (PDF) »

Questions Submitted by Attendees (PDF) »

Speakers' Written Statements (PDF) »


Jim Sehl, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (PDF) »


Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Wenck Associates


Supporting Sponsor


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