Minnesota’s Clean Water Roadmap

Completed September 2014

November 2013 marked five years since voters approved Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which received more votes than any other candidate or issue on the ballot in 2008. The Clean Water Fund was established through the Legacy Amendment to supplement traditional sources of funding for clean water over the course of its 25-year life.

Starting in 2010, 33 percent of the sales tax revenue associated with the Legacy amendment is allocated to the Clean Water Fund (totaling approximately $100 million in FY 2013). Funds may only be spent to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater from degradation.

Environmental Initiative convened leaders from the seven state agencies responsible for water management activities under the Clean Water Fund between May 2013 – May 2014 to identify:

  • What water resources outcomes we expect to achieve after 25 years of investments from the Clean Water Fund.
  • The pace of progress required to meet those goals.
  • What the implications may be for future funding priorities.

The resulting Clean Water Roadmap articulates the long-term outcomes, expectations of progress, and measures of success toward our shared vision of clean, sustainably managed water resources in Minnesota. Clean Water Council members and other key stakeholders had the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback and input throughout the Roadmap development process.

Environmental Initaitive’s work with the state agencies was completed in May 2014. Minnesota’s Clean Water Roadmap was released in September 2014.