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Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - October 08, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SIXTH 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 9:06 a.m., Tuesday, October 8th 2013 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.
Freiberg
Hackbarth
Hamilton
Hansen
Kahn
Kiel
Poppe
Torkelson
Ward, JoAnn

Members excused:
Benson, J.
Bly
Clark
Dill
Erickson, R.
Fabian

Members of LCCMR present:
Broberg, Jeff
Persell

Other members present:
Fischer

A quorum was present.

Testifying before the Committee on the “Clean Water Fund Roadmap Project”

Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Barb Narramore, Assistant Commissioner - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Sarah Strommen, Assistant Commissioner - Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Testifying before the Committee on Converting Forested Land into Crop Land for Potatoes in Cass County; Reports from Agencies on Loss of Habitat and Extent of Impact on Water Quality and Quantity:

Peter Jacobson, Research Scientist - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Gaylen Reetz, Director of Watershed Division - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Jim Walsh, Hydrologist - Minnesota Department of Health
Julie Ekman, Program Manager - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Greta Gauthier, Program Manager - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Bruce Montgomery, Research Scientist - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Joshua Stamper, Research Scientist - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Joseph Zachmann, Research Scientist - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Susan Thornton, Director - Legislative Coordinating Commission on Minnesota Resources.


Testifying before the committee on water management on agricultural land:

Commissioner David Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Public Testimony:

Linda Wells, Associate Organizing Director - Pesticide Action Network
Carol Ashley, Park Rapids, MN
Norma and Don Smith, Frazee, MN
Justin Fay, Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Vice-chair Falk assumed the gavel at 12:13 p.m.

Testifying on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency update on Plastic Micro Beads:

Glenn Skuta, Water Quality Manager - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Testifying on Updates from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Asian Carp:

Steve Hirsch, Director - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Testifying on Updates from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Ground Water
Management Areas:

Jason Moeckel, Section Manager - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Testifying on Updates from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on New Designs for Boat Launches:

Bob Meier, Legislative Affairs Director - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Public Testimony continued:

Keith McGovern, Chief Executive Officer - R. D. Offut Company (RDO)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.












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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

00:12 - A preview of the upcoming House committee discussion of converting forested land into crop land.
11:57 - Gavel.
12:20 - Clean Water Legacy dollars: PCA, BWSR, DNR, Agriculture.
36:45 - Converting forested land into crop land for potatoes in Cass County; reports from agencies on loss of habitat and extent of impact on water quality and quantity.
2:56:23 - Public testimony.
3:15:27 - Update on plastic micro beads.
3:23:20 - Updates from DNR on carp, water management areas and new designs for boat launches.
Public testimony.
3:50:56 - Overview of LCCMR recommendations.
3:55:04 - Public testimony on converting forested land into crop land for potatoes in Cass County; reports from agencies on loss of habitat and extent of impact on water quality and quantity.
Runs 4 hours, 8 minutes.


Clean Water Legacy Dollars: PCA, BWSR, DNR, Agriculture
Converting forested land into crop land for potatoes in Cass County; reports from agencies on loss of habitat and extent of impact on water quality and quantity
Public Testimony
Updates from DNR on Carp, Water Management Areas and New Designs for Boat Launches