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Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance

TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - October 07, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT NATURAL RESOURCES AND AGRICULTURE FINANCE
Chair, Representative Jean Wagenius

MINUTES

Representative Wagenius, Chair of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance, called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m., Monday, Oct 7th in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Wagenius, Chair
Falk, Vice Chair
McNamara, Lead
Anderson, P.
Benson, J.
Clark
Erickson, R.
Freiberg
Hackbarth
Hansen
Kahn
Kiel
Torkelson
Ward, JoAnn

Members excused:
Bly
Dill
Fabian
Hamilton
Poppe

Other members present:
Fischer

Members of LCCMR present:
Broberg, Jeff
Persell

A quorum was present.

Chair Wagenius welcomed the members of the Committee, audience, and invited guests.

Testifying before the Committee:

Dave Wall, Hydrologist - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, explained the report: Nitrogen in Minnesota Surface Waters - Conditions, trends, Sources, and Reductions.
Glenn Skuta, Water Managing Section Manager - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Sherri Kroening, Research Scientist - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, explained the report: MPCA’s 2013 Groundwater Condition Report.
Colbey Sullivan, Analyst - Minnesota House of Representatives House Research Department explained the report: Nitrates in Groundwater within Agricultural Regions of Minnesota.
Doug Peterson, President - Minnesota Farmers Union.
George Boody, Executive Director - Land Stewardship Project, explained the report “Pastures A-plenty Farm” (no handouts)
Jim VanDerPol, Farmer Member - Land Stewardship Project.
Warren Formo, Executive Director - Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center.
Paul Wotzka, Hydrologist and organic farmer and member of Minnesota Well Owners Organization (MNWOO).
Kris Sigford, Water Quality Program Director - Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.
Trevor Russell, Watershed Program Director - Friends of the Mississippi River.
Darrell Gerber, Program Coordinator - Clean Water Action
Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency explained the DRAFT report on Minnesota’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Wayne Anderson, Engineer - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:12.





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Representative Jean Wagenius, Chair



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Nanette Moloney, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
View Archive

08:02 - Gavel and introductory comments.
12:21 - MPCA report: Nitrogen in Minnesota Surface Waters, Conditions, Trends, Sources and Reductions (Dave Wall).
1:11:13 - MPCA: The Condition of Minnesota's Groundwater.
1:45:33 - House Research presentation (Colbey Sullivan).
2:01:03 - Public testimony.
3:31:49 - MPCA: MN Nutrient Reduction Strategy (Rebecca Flood).
Runs 4 hours, 8 minutes.


MPCA report: Nitrogen in Minnesota Surface Waters, Conditions, Trends, Sources, and Reductions, Dave Wall
House Research, Colbey Sullivan
MPCA: The Condition of Minnesota's Groundwater
MPCA: MN Nutrient Reduction Strategy
Public Testimony