Water Vision: Sustainable Growth Coalition


  • Provide safe, affordable, and trustworthy water to advance public health and achieve social, racial, and economic equity for all. 
  • Use water economically and efficiently for personal, community and business purposes across the water use and reuse cycle. 
  • Ensure all water is high quality to maintain quality of life for which the state is known. 
  • Increase knowledge about the water on which Minnesotans depend. 
  • Water Vision (PDF) 

Problem Statement

In Minnesota, the challenges facing our extensive water resources vary locally across the state. Not all Minnesotans have access to clean, abundant, and affordable water. As the headwaters of three major, international watersheds, the decisions we make affect millions of people locally and downstream: their health, well-being, livelihoods, and economic prosperity.  Action must be taken now to ensure clean, plentiful water is available, accessible, and appropriately valued for all use into the future. 

Three Focus Areas

  • Quantity – Decreasing consumption and ensuring long-term strategies for efficient, effective, and economical water use and protection lowers costs, risks, and associated carbon emissions. Water is being used economically and is properly valued to create a circular, sustainable water system. It is abundant enough to be used and re-used for purposes across the region, including for recreational, residential, agricultural, and business needs.
  • Quality – Implementing and advancing effective, viable options for water quality protection and management ensures business, community, agricultural, and residential needs are safeguarded for the long term and protects inputs for the short term. Using the right type of water for the right uses decreases costs. Minnesota is the model for improving water quality through appropriate usage, protection, and stewardship. Water is enjoyed, consumed, and trusted by all. Abundant, clean water contributes to increased quality of life for residents, natural resources and wildlife, a thriving economy, and advances Minnesota’s status as a great place to live, work, and visit.
  • Access – Access to an appropriate quantity and quality of water will ensure the health and well-being of our communities and ecosystems as well as thriving business operations and the reduction of risk. Talent recruitment and retention and workforce development benefits will result. Clean and abundant water can be accessed by all Minnesotans now and in the future, in an equitable and fair manner.

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