Water Supply Advisory Committee extended to respond to new supply concerns
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Senator Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) passed legislation extending the sunset date of the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee to help address continued and emerging water supply issues.
Established by the 2005 Minnesota State Legislature, the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee addresses the water supply needs of the Twin Cities metro area. The requirement of this committee expired at the end of 2012; however, emerging water supply issues led the Council to request an extension of the Committee’s sunset date.
“Minnesota’s drinking water supply is integral to our communities’ economic growth. As new issues emerge, it is helpful to have a well-informed committee that understands the problem and can recommend good solutions,” said Sen. Scalze.
A recent concern the Advisory Committee would like address is the dramatic reduction in elevation White Bear Lake has experienced over the last few years. The lake has lost an estimated 25% of its total volume. Unplanned drainage into area aquifers is a probable cause of this water elevation drop. “Continuing the work of the Advisory Committee while aquifer studies are underway is clearly necessary,” continued Sen. Scalze.
“People move to areas that have a good supply of drinking water. Yes, this is an issue we’re seeing all over Minnesota. But this bill pertains to the metro area because of its growing population and therefore increased demand for drinking water,” Sen. Scalze said.
The legislation, SF 515/HF 834, passed with bi-partisan support and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.