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Governor Mark Dayton Announces “Year of Water Action” Pledge at Minnesota State Fair

8/30/2016 1:54:41 PM

Governor Dayton urges all Minnesotans to commit to protecting and preserving Minnesota water for generations to come
Pledge calls for Minnesotans to rethink water usage in daily life, make informed consumer choices, and talk to others about clean water protection and preservation
ST. PAUL, MN – Standing beside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish Pond at the Minnesota State Fair, Governor Mark Dayton today announced a “Year of Water Action” Stewardship Pledge, which will last throughout the year. The pledge calls for Minnesotans to rethink how water impacts daily life and the lives of future generation; to use water efficiently and wisely in everyday activities; to learn more about what individuals can do to protect and preserve water; to make informed consumer choices; and to talk to one another about water protection and preservation. 
“As I travel across Minnesota, I hear frequent concerns about the quality of our state’s water,” said Governor Dayton. “The future of clean water in Minnesota is dependent on the action we all take now. That is why I am asking all Minnesotans to join me, in pledging to protect and preserve clean water throughout our state.”
Minnesotans will be able to take the Water Stewardship Pledge at multiple locations during the State Fair, including at the DNR Exhibit, the Eco Experience building, and the Agriculture Horticulture Building. Throughout the year, Minnesotans will also be able to take the pledge online by visiting
About the “Year of Water Action” Stewardship Pledge
Governor Dayton’s “Year of Water Action” Stewardship Pledge, announced today, asks Minnesotans to affirm their commitment to:
·         Rethink how water impacts daily life, and the lives of future generations
·         Use water efficiently and wisely in everyday activities
·         Learn more about what people can do to protect and preserve water
·         Factor water use efficiency and protection into choices as a consumer
·         Talk to others about clean water protection and preservation
When Minnesotans take the pledge, they can also get tips on “5 Things Minnesotans Can Do” and “5 Things Kids Can Do” to protect and preserve Minnesota’s water.
Minnesotans are encouraged to use social media to find additional tips and share their own stories on how they are preserving and protecting Minnesota’s water by using #WaterActionMN.
About the “Year of Water Action”
On August 18, 2016, Governor Dayton kicked off a "Year of Water Action" at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park.
Governor Dayton called on Minnesotans to work together to find solutions to keep Minnesota’s water clean and accessible to everyone. Despite the state’s abundance of lakes, rivers, groundwater and streams, more than 40 percent of Minnesota’s waters are currently listed as impaired or polluted.[1] Damaging aquatic invasive species have infested more than 550 lakes statewide.[2] The water treatment plants and clean drinking water systems that make Minnesotans’ water safe to drink, cook with, and bathe in, are also in serious disrepair. Some communities still rely on wooden pipes, installed over 100 years ago, for their drinking water. In fact, Minnesota is $11 billion behind in just maintaining our aging water treatment and delivery systems over the next 20 years.[3] And initial testing indicates that 60 percent of the wells in Central Minnesota may not provide safe drinking water.[4]
While state and local governments can play an important role in protecting and conserving water quality, these public entities cannot do it alone. It’s up to Minnesota families and private industry to lead the way with most land privately-owned and private water usage comprising the majority of consumption in the state. The locally-lead efforts of soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, civic groups and individual landowners are essential to protecting and conserving water quality.
Throughout the next year, Governor Dayton and his Administration will travel the state to raise awareness of the many issues affecting water quality and highlight ways that Minnesotans can take action to preserve and protect it. Each month will focus on a different facet and important role water plays in our state’s health, economy and overall way of life.
  • August 2016 – Year of Water Action Kickoff: Conserve, Protect, Clean and Enjoy
  • September 2016 – We All Live Downstream: Understanding Our Clean Water Sources
  • October 2016 – Clean Water Challenges & Solutions in Greater Minnesota
  • November 2016 – Clean Water Challenges & Solutions in the Twin Cities
  • December 2016 – Winter Ways to Take Action for Clean Water
  • January 2017 – Clean Water Creates a Healthy Minnesota
  • February 2017 – Minnesota Innovations in Clean Water Practices and Technology
  • March 2017 – Impacts of Climate Change on Minnesota Water
  • April 2017 – Sustainable Practices for Clean Water
  • May 2017 – Keep Our Waters Swimmable & Fishable  
  • June 2017 – Clean Water is Good for Our Economy
  • July 2017 – Year of Water Action for a Future Generation 
  • August 2017 – A Year of Water Action in Review
[PLEDGE] See the Minnesota Water Stewardship pledge Minnesotans can take at the State Fair and online, as part of the “Year of Water Action.” [Link]
[5 THINGS] See “5 Things Minnesotans Can Do” to protect and preserve Minnesota’s water. [Link]


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