ST. PAUL, MINN — A new landmark investment to improve water quality in Minnesota has the full support of Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin). The $350 million federal funding was announced by Governor Dayton this week. As the author of the 2013 Clean Water Accountability Act, Sen. Hoffman has been a long-time supporter of improving water quality and ensuring Minnesotan’s 12,000 lakes and 92,000 miles of rivers are being well cared for.
The federal funding will be used to protect and improve waters in 60,000 acres across 54 Minnesota counties. The new state-federal effort called the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CRED), will target areas of southern and western Minnesota facing significant water quality challenges. Currently in the state, of the lakes and rivers that have been tested, around 40 percent have been found to be contaminated.
“This is a landmark agreement, and comes at a critical time when our lakes and rivers are facing serious water quality challenges. Preserving what makes Minnesota a wonderful place to call home is of utmost importance. I’m also proud of my Clean Water Accountability Act, which laid the groundwork for this kind of federal funding to be used properly and efficiently. This is wonderful news for all Minnesotans,” said Sen. Hoffman.