Collaborating on Source Water Protection

Minnesota is a source water state: all the water we drink falls here. Recent high-profile incidents in other states and policy battles here in Minnesota are bringing increased public attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources, and ensuring that access is sustainable and equitable. Join us to discuss the challenges and unique opportunities we have in Minnesota to manage agricultural and urban lands in ways that more fully recognize and account for the impact of land use decisions on water quality and public health. We will discuss the importance of protecting drinking water as a more cost-effective approach to water quality than treating contaminated water supplies or switching drinking water sources. This forum will explore current source water protection initiatives here in Minnesota and nationally, and the potential for a new statewide partnership to protect source waters throughout Minnesota.


  • Rick Biske, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Kate Brauman, Global Water Initiative at the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Laura DeBeer, Pipestone County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Tannie Eshenauer, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Deirdre Mason, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
  • Aaron Meyer, Minnesota Rural Water Association
  • Doug Rainforth, City of Fairmont
  • More to be announced

Why Source Water Protection Requires Collaboration

Most of the land from which our source waters drain are privately owned and are not specifically managed to protect drinking water. Ultimately, preventing the contamination of drinking water supplies throughout the state requires coordinated, voluntary, and cross-sector action amongst landowners and operators with diverse interests.

Questions & Reduced Rates

For questions about the program, contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104.

For questions about registration or a reduced rate, contact Lillie Benowitz at 612-334-3388 ext. 8107. Non-profit rates are suggested for small to mid-sized non-profit organizations where cost may be a barrier to participation. Additional reduced rate options are available for students or those experiencing financial hardship.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. If you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship, contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108.

Let us know you’re coming or share your questions by using #SourceWaterMN on Twitter. You can also follow us at @EnvInitiative.




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