For release: November 16, 2012 Contacts: Angie Becker Kudelka, 612-616-5112
BWSR Requests Comments on Wetland Report
St. Paul, Minn.— In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s Executive Order 12-04 (Order), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has prepared the draft report, Supporting and Strengthening Implementation of the State’s Wetland Policy. BWSR is soliciting comments on the draft report from all interested stakeholders through noon, Monday November 26, 2012.
The Order directs BWSR to work in cooperation with the Pollution Control Agency, Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Agriculture and invited stakeholders regarding how to maintain no net loss of wetlands as a state goal under the Wetland Conservation Act and to further advance the long-term protection and enhancement of Minnesota’s wetland resources.
In September and October, BWSR held a series of meetings to invite input from stakeholders and to draw out different perspectives in the context of the regional economies, wetland resources, and related natural resource or environmental conditions.
BWSR compiled issues and recommendations from the stakeholder input process to create the draft report, now open for comment. All input received by the deadline will be considered in the development of the final report.
A draft of the final document will be presented to the BWSR Wetlands Committee after the comment period has closed. The report as recommended by the Committee will be submitted to the BWSR Board for their review on Dec. 12, 2012. The final report is due to the Governor’s office by Dec. 15, 2012.
To learn more about the process or to view the draft report, visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr.state.mn.us/wetlands/executive_order_12-04/ or contact Dave Weirens at 651-297-3432.
In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s Executive Order 12-04, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has prepared a draft report on supporting and strengthening the state's wetland policy. BWSR is now soliciting comment from all interested stakeholders through November 26, 2012. To learn more about the process or to view the draft report, visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr.state.mn.us or contact Dave Weirens at 651-297-3432.