Dayton’s year of water action

Although the year is quickly winding down, there are still things you can do to participate in Gov. Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action in Minnesota. The call to action was put forth to the people of Minnesota to be better stewards of our precious water resources. Dayton encouraged all Minnesotans to take a role in protecting our state’s water for future generations.
“We have a shared responsibility to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, rivers, and streams for future generations. That starts with fostering an ethic of water conservation in our communities,” Dayton said at the announcement of the Year of Water Action plan. Have you done your part? If not, there is still time to get involved. As Dayton points out, “All Minnesotans have a stake in water that’s safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing.”
To help the governor discuss water quality challenges with Minnesotans, a series of water quality town hall meetings began in July. Meetings are scheduled throughout September and early October around the state. For a list of Water Quality Town Hall Meetings, visit https://mn.gov/governor/issues/25by25mn/. The nearest meeting to Chisago County is Stillwater, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Stillwater High School.
Looking for other ways to participate? The Year of Water Action webpage (https://mn.gov/governor/issues/wateraction/) has a long list of links for homeowners and renters; parents, kids, and teachers; farmers and landowners; volunteers; and for general water quality information. You can also take the Water Stewardship Pledge to affirm your commitment to rethinking how water impacts your life, to use water efficiently, to learn more about protecting water, to factor water efficiency and protection into your consumer decisions, and to talk to others about clean water protection. Visit https://mn.gov/governor/issues/wateraction/ to download and sign the pledge.

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