In Minnesota we are used to thinking of water as a plentiful resource, not a limited one. Yet this past summer’s drought, White Bear Lake’s record-low levels, and other recent headlines have reminded us of the need to look critically at our groundwater resources and recognize where and why they may be constrained.
In this policy forum we will review the current state of the science of Minnesota’s groundwater supply and then delve into the range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that we face in managing our groundwater more sustainably.
Through focused discussion amongst expert panelists, participants, and decision-makers we will explore how we can move forward in the face of ongoing uncertainties, as well as potential new approaches to governing, allocating, or consuming water that may lead to a more fair and sustainable system. Participants will have the opportunity to identify issues for further discussion and to learn about and generate their own ideas for addressing the challenges of sustainably managing our groundwater supply.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS TO DATE
Robert Cockierl, Utilities Superintendent, City of Bloomington
Steven Hirsch, Director, Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Dr. Deborah Swackhamer, Professor and Co-director of the Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota
Registration and continental breakfast will open at 8:00 a.m.