St. Paul, MN – As a member of the Mississippi River Caucus, Senator John Hoffman joined fellow legislators and stakeholders for a discussion on ways to improve the Mississippi River’s water quality.
The June 18 meeting was organized by the staff of the Mississippi River Legislative Caucus and brought together Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative representative Coon Rapids Mayor Jerry Koch, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s office, state legislators, the Agriculture Commissioner’s office, and the Environment Commissioner’s office.
“The Mississippi River is a world-renowned waterway that faces pollution threats old and new,” Sen. Hoffman said. “We all have an obligation to leave the Mississippi waterway cleaner, clearer and healthier so future generations can enjoy it as much as we have. It was important for me to participate in this strategic discussion about how we could better utilize existing water quality programs and identify new partnership opportunities between all levels of government.”
One of the issues the panel focused on was ways farmers could reduce agricultural runoff. Minnesota is the only state along the Mississippi River that requires farmers to reduce nutrient runoff. While this is a great start, there is still more work that needs to be done to improve water quality. This meeting allowed legislators the opportunity to work across levels of government toward finding constructive solutions.
Senator John Hoffman and the other legislators in attendance are a part of the Mississippi River Legislative Caucus (MRLC). The MRLC was established to better coordinate state legislators in the states bordering the Mississippi River around river health and sustainable infrastructure development.