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.