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This is Dayton’s second statewide water summit, and it wraps up a "Year of Water Action.”

January 24, 2017

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CITIZEN INPUT: At the first governor’s water summit, held Feb. 27, 2016, attendees participated in breakout sessions and gave input on a variety of water-related topics. More than 800 people attended the event.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s second Town Hall Water Summit will be held on the University of Minnesota Morris campus on Jan. 27.

The summit will bring together local government leaders, farmers, students, environmental groups and businesses to focus on water challenges and solutions in greater Minnesota.

“Communities in Greater Minnesota face special challenges to ensure that their citizens have access to clean water for drinking, washing, agriculture, business and recreation,” said Dayton. “These challenges are everyone’s responsibility and everyone’s opportunity. I invite all Minnesotans to join us in seeking solutions at the Town Hall Water Summit in Morris.”

The Town Hall Water Summit is the second-largest public forum during Dayton’s ‘Year of Water Action,’ which follows a format similar to the governor’s water summit last year.

Registration to attend the summit in Morris is full. However, state residents can participate by going online or at satellite locations across the state.

To sit in at a satellite location, it would help to register so enough seating will be available.

Satellite locations are:

• U-M Duluth, 224 Cina Hall, 1123 University Drive, Duluth
• U-M Crookston, Kielhe Auditorium, 2900 University Ave, Crookston
• U-M Twin Cities, St. Paul Campus, R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Ave, St. Paul

You can also engage via Twitter using #MNWaterSummit. Question-and-answer sessions will draw on questions and comments shared throughout the day on Twitter.

The Town Hall Water Summit will feature speakers, interviews, a guest panel and question-and-answer sessions.

The agenda is as follows:

9:45 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Welcome — U-M Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson
10:35 a.m. Gov. Mark Dayton will be interviewed by former MPR host Gary Eichten
10:50 a.m. Keynote address — Greg Page, former CEO of Cargill
11:45 a.m. Networking lunch
12:45 p.m. Panel 1: The Food and Water Nexus

Water is essential to food production, but what is the impact of agricultural activities on water quality and public health? Are farmers taking on risk by making continuous improvements that minimize impacts on water? What is the role and responsibility of private-sector industry? What kinds of support do farmers need to make changes? The panel includes Lauren Biegler, corn and soy farmer; Larry and Nancy Greden, dairy and crop farmers; Becky Kenow, director, sustainability, Land O’Lakes; Holly Kovarik, Pope Soil and Water Conservation District; a member of the Clean Water Council; and Pete Moulton, water superintendent, city of St. Peter.

1:45 p.m. Break
1:50 p.m. Panel 2: The Economic Importance and Burden of Water for Communities

What are the challenges facing local communities and watershed management plans? What innovative solutions and best practices to improve water quality are being cultivated in greater Minnesota? The panel includes Blaine Hill, Morris city manager; Larry Krohn, Otter Tail County coordinator-administrator; Anne Marcotte, Aitkin County commissioner; Dan Schutte, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District district manager; and Vernell Roberts, Detroit Lakes utilities general manager.

2:50 p.m. Closing remarks and looking ahead — Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
3 p.m. Social hour, featuring the Water Bar
4 p.m. Town Hall Water Summit concludes

Source: Gov. Mark Dayton's Office


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