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Planning Far into the Future: the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework. Dr. Deborah Swackhamer , Co-Director Water Resources Center March 30, 2011. Photo courtesy of Jon Kreski. What is the Framework?. Funded by the Clean Water Fund of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

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    1. Planning Far into the Future:the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework Dr. Deborah Swackhamer, Co-Director Water Resources Center March 30, 2011 Photo courtesy of Jon Kreski

    2. What is the Framework? • Funded by the Clean Water Fund of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment • Requested by Legislature, delivered to Legislature • A 25-year plan to protect, conserve, and enhance the quantity and quality of the state's groundwater and surface water

    3. Mandate – to address needs related to: • Drinking water • Stormwater • Agricultural use • Industrial use • Surface and groundwater interactions • Infrastructure • Interface of water resources with climate change, land use, development, demographics Identify BMPs for WWTP, DW source protection, pollution prevention, conservation, and water valuation

    4. Sustainability Definition “SUSTAINABLE WATER USE DOES NOT HARM ECOSYSTEMS, DEGRADE WATER QUALITY, OR COMPROMISE THE ABILITY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS TO MEET THEIR OWN NEEDS.” —Minnesota Laws 2009, Chapter 172

    5. Process • Science-based • Background papers at wrc.umn.edu • Collaborative • 8 Technical Teams • Synthesis Team • 200+ direct participants • 4,500 survey participants

    6. Framework • Project teams framed 90 specific needs • Collected under 10 “Big” Issues • Contained in 3 categories of sustainability Sustainable

    7. Issue A Issue B Issue C Issue D Issue E Issue F Issue G Issue H Issue I Issue J The Need for a Sustainable and Clean Water Supply Excess Nutrients and Other Conventional Pollutants Contaminants of Emerging Concern Land, Air, and Water Connection Ecological and Hydrological Integrity Water-Energy Nexus Water Pricing and Valuation Public Water Infrastructure Needs Citizen Engagement and Education Governance and Institutions Framework 10 Issues Environmental Economic Social 27 39 53 61 69 81 87 93 101 107

    8. Crosscutting Themes • OUTCOME-BASED RECOMMENDATIONS • ACCOUNTABILITY • SUPPORT FOR COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING POLICY • TRANSBOUNDARY • STEWARDSHIP • SYSTEMS THINKING • SCIENCE-BASED DECISIONS • DECISION-MAKING IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY • ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT • WATERSHED-BASEDAPPROACH

    9. Organization for Each Issue • Problem statement • Desired future Minnesota condition • Objective & 26 Strategies (“what”) • 60 Recommended actions (“how”) • Benchmarks for measuring progress • Implementation schedule • Impact matrix

    10. Table of Desired Future, Issues & Strategies

    11. “Dashboard” Summary of 60 recommendations

    12. Summary: Phased Implementation • Phase 1 (start now) • Revise permitting, begin water balance modeling/monitoring • Require implementation and equity in achieving water quality standards • Address CECs • Align water, energy, land, etc policies for sustainability • Phase 2 (begin in ~3 years) • Integrate water and land use planning • Improve water pricing • Address hydrologic integrity issues

    13. Summary: Phased Implementation • Phase 3 (begin in 5 years) • Determine water-energy relationships • Address ecological integrity issues • Address infrastructure needs • Provide for public engagement and education • Phase 4 (begin in 10 years) • Address water re-use

    14. A. The Need for a Sustainable and Clean Water Supply

    15. A. The Need for a Sustainable and Clean Water Supply

    16. B. Excess Nutrients and Other Conventional Pollutants

    17. D. Land, Air and Water Connection

    18. E. Ecological and Hydrological Integrity

    19. H. Public Water Infrastructure Needs

    20. How the Framework Will be Used • Inform Clean Water Fund priorities • Legislation • Agency budgeting and programs • Research It is up to all of us to work on implementation

    21. Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework wrc.umn.edu/watersustainabilityframework/