Professor Swackhamer recent work included developing a Water Sustainability Framework for the state of Minnesota. The comprehensive report designed to protect and preserve Minnesota's lakes, rivers and groundwater for the 21st century and beyond. Commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature, the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework is intended to serve as a legislative roadmap with timelines and benchmarks for future investments in water resources, including the estimated $86 million a year dedicated for the protection of water as a result of Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act.
More than 200 leading water experts were assigned to work teams to research and write subject-specific white papers. The breadth and depth of knowledge on these teams is impressive but balanced, with team members that include farmers, anglers, landscapers, boaters, mining experts, civil engineers, and ordinary citizens—a cross-section representing nearly every profession, point of view, and interest in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and groundwater. The white papers will form the scientific and technical basis of the framework’s recommendations, with help from a synthesis committee and the Headwaters Council, the project’s oversight committee.
Deb Swackhamer presented the report to the Minnesota Legislature on Jan. 5. In this audio clip, Swackhamer says Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act serves as a starting point for preserving the state’s water supply. For more information also visit the Water Resource Center.