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Clean Water Legacy Accountability Act Passed in 2013!
Clean Water Accountability: Effective System to Track, Address Nonpoint Pollution Finally In Place.
- The legislature passed the Clean Water Accountability Act to track and address pollution from nonpoint sources – primarily runoff from agricultural operations that discharge sediments, fertilizers, pesticides, and fecal coliform bacteria into Minnesota’s rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands. Nonpoint pollution accounts for 86% of water quality impairments in Minnesota.
- The legislation requires water clean-up plans to include clear identification of nonpoint pollution sources; criteria for ranking on-the-ground clean-up projects by their predicted effectiveness; clear timelines; and benchmarks for carrying out clean-up plans. The legislation also requires BWSR to prepare a statewide priority funding plan for expenditures from the Clean Water Fund addressing nonpoint source pollution. The plan will take into account water quality outcomes, cost-effectiveness, landowner financial need and the ability to leverage non-state funding sources.