Regional Forums Discussing MN Wetland Policy

In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s Executive Order 12-04, the Board of Soils and Water Resources (BWSR) is facilitating a conversation between governmental agencies and stakeholders to discuss the future of the state’s policy of no net wetland loss under the Wetland Conservation Act. Four regional forums will be held at the following locations:


  • Shoreview, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Shoreview Community Center – Turtle Lake Side, 4580 Victoria St. North.
  • Mankato – 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Blue Earth County Library, 100 East Main St.
  • Bemidji – 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Bemidji City Hall Chamber Room, 317 Fourth St.
  • Chisholm – 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, in the Minnesota Discovery Center Dining Room, 1005 Discovery Drive.


Some of the topics to be covered at these forums include the possibility of dividing the state into two regions (i.e. those with more than 80% wetland and those lower) and whether such divisions should follow county lines.  For a full list of topics please refer to Executive Order 12-04.

Children’s Water Festival

About 1,300 Twin Cities-area fourth graders will attend the 15th Annual Metro Children’s Water Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on September 26, 2012. The event offers more than 40 interactive learning stations and a variety of presentations from water professionals. It is designed to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about water and its importance to people and our natural environment. Learn more at

FAA Has Not Effectively Implemented its Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program

A recent report by the Office of Inspector General ( has identified deficiencies in the FAA process for completing, approving and monitoring airport compliance with FAA Wildlife Hazard Assessment requirements. FAA inspectors are often just unable to deal with and are unprepared for the many requirements of their jobs and implementation of WHAs and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans are neglected.

Read the report for the details.