What do you love most about Minnesota's water and what are your biggest concerns? Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton announced an initiative to reduce water pollution in Minnesota by 25 percent by the year 2025. A supporting bill was introduced to the Legislature by Republican Sen. Carrie Ruud, who is chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance committee. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota's waters is expected to improve only 6 to 8 percent by 2034.
The number in Washington County is up to 22. In Chisago County it is 12. Anoka has 16 and Ramsey has 29. Statewide, approximately 5 percent of the 11,000 lakes in Minnesota are now infested by aquatic invasive species (AIS).
When Jack MacKenzie was a golf course superintendent, he never had time to take care of his own lawn at home. The long hours of the job also left little time for hobbies he enjoys like camping up north in the Boundary Waters. After a job change, he dove into new projects in his local community, joining the Forest Lake Parks, Trails and Lakes Commission and the Comfort Lake — Forest Lake Watershed District's Citizen Advisory Committee.
Remember back in grade school when the kid in front of you at the drinking fountain would slurp away for what seemed like an eternity until finally someone screamed, “Save some for the whales!?” Well, I’m betting that kid grew up, bought a house with a big lawn, and programmed his automatic sprinklers to go off every other day, regardless of whether it is raining or not.