Project: Water management unification initiative
Water Management Unification Initiative was intended to make Minnesota's water
management more understandable and responsive to citizens by unifying state
efforts within major river basins. The approach sought to improve accountability by
directing administrative water priorities, policies and budgets toward
measurable objectives. The initiative was to enhance the sustainability of
Minnesota's water resources by identifying economic, environmental and community
connections for responsible choices.
The 10-year framework included objectives and targets to measure results by
river basin. Key elements include the following:
- Focusing on major river basins, such as the Minnesota, Mississippi and Red
Rivers, to recognize the differences in water resources throughout the state
and local water priorities.
- Keeping the process flexible to ensure efforts fit into work of existing
local boards, activities and major program efforts, such as the joint powers
boards and the Pollution Control Agency' basin planning.
- Unifying efforts through interagency teams in each basin and cooperating
with the many groups now working in Minnesota's basins.
- Measuring results by selecting water objectives with targets for 2010 and
tracking how we are doing.
- Water priorities for the 2003-05 biennium: Summary document of the Governor's water unification project, June 26, 2002. (5p., 146K., PDF 5.0) | Letter details
- Water management unification initiative work plan: Fall 2000—September 2002: Describes project and goals for reformig water planning, December 19, 2000. (3p., 25K, PDF5.0) | Report details
- Minnesota watermarks: gauging the flow of progress 2000 - 2010: The state water plan, a 10 year framework for managing Minnesota's waters, September 1, 2000. (49p., 4940k PDF) | Report details
- Executive order 99-15: Providing for a water management unification initiative: Governor Ventura's initiation of the water unification project | Notice details