The former Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board is renamed as the Minnesota River Board and its purpose, duties and membership are expected to change under a new law.
Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) and Sen. Dennis Frederickson (R-New Ulm) sponsor the law, which is effective May 8, 2009.
The board was established in 1995 as a joint powers board comprised of counties for the purpose of improving and protecting water quality in the Minnesota River Basin. Proposed reorganization plans include collaboration with the Water Resources Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the creation of an advisory committee to serve as a forum for issues the board should address. The committee must convene prior to Dec. 31, 2009.
Comprised of representatives from the 12 major watersheds in the area, the board will be required to compile and submit reports to the Legislature about the results and progress of water cleanup efforts within the basin.
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