Clean Water Fund
Initiatives at the Minnesota Department of Health
On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment (Minnesota Constitution, Sec.15) to the constitution to protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The amendment specifies that 5% of the Clean Water Fund be allocated to drinking water protection.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) initiatives supported by the Clean Water Fund focus on drinking water protection. These initiatives protect public health by:
- evaluating and communicating scientific information about the potential for health risks from exposures to newly identified health hazards in drinking water,
- protecting the sources that supply drinking water to the public,
- enhancing the primary source of information about drinking water wells for the state (County Well Index), and
- sealing unused wells that could become a pathway for contaminants to enter drinking water sources.
In the 2011 Legislative Special Session, MDH received approximately $6,038,000 from the Clean Water Fund for the 2012-2013 biennium.
MDH Clean Water Fund Initiatives
Initiatives that will be funded by this appropriation include:
State Agency Collaboration
Seven state agencies, including MDH, collaborate and partner in Minnesota’s water resource management initiatives through the Clean Water Fund. Our partner agencies include:
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
- Minnesota Public Facilities Authority
- Metropolitan Council: Progress Report on Water Supply Planning
2012 Clean Water Fund Performance Report
Minnesota agencies released their first collaborative report in February 2012 to help Minnesotans clarify connections between Clean Water Funds invested, actions taken and outcomes achieved in FY2010-2011. Eighteen measures in the report provide a snapshot of how Clean Water Fund dollars are being spent and what progress has been made.