Friday, April 3, 2009

Minnesota cities support clean water funding legislation
The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) has once again joined forces with a broad coalition of local government, agricultural, environmental, and business groups to push for a plan to use the new sales tax funds being collected for clean water to meet state and local requirements under the federal Clean Water Act. This group, previously referred to as the G-16, was behind the passage of the state Clean Water Legacy Act in 2006 and has consistently supported a plan to provide stable long-term funding for clean water programs.

SF 1913 (Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm)/HF 2128 (Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley) introduced bills that spend the expected funds in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the Clean Water Council, a governor-appointed task force representing a wide range of interests. The Council's recommendations create a way for Minnesota to identify polluted waters, develop scientific reports on where the pollution is coming from, and implement the improvements needed to actually return the water to water quality standards.