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HF 1835

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/16/2015 04:34pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to water; modifying the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory
Committee and specifying its duties; requiring a report; delaying implementation
of a groundwater management area plan; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014,
section 473.1565.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 473.1565, is amended to read:


473.1565 METROPOLITAN AREA WATER SUPPLY PLANNING
ACTIVITIES; ADVISORY deleted text beginCOMMITTEEdeleted text endnew text begin COMMITTEESnew text end.

Subdivision 1.

Planning activities.

(a) The Metropolitan Council must deleted text begincarry out
planning activities addressing the water supply needs of the metropolitan area as defined
in section 473.121, subdivision 2. The planning activities must include, at a minimum:
deleted text endnew text begin
provide administrative and staff support to the metropolitan area water supply technical
and policy advisory committees established in this section, as directed by the chair of
the policy advisory committee.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) development and maintenance ofdeleted text endnew text begin (b) The technical advisory committee
established in subdivision 2a must develop a coherent and comprehensive explanation
of the science governing long-term, sustainable water supply in the region that can be
understood and used by the policy advisory committee. Among any other activities that,
in the professional opinion of members of the technical advisory committee, are necessary
to inform the policy advisory committee's work, the technical advisory committee
must develop and maintain
new text end a base of technical information needed for sound water
supply decisions including surface and groundwater availability analyses, water demand
projections, water withdrawal and use impact analyses, modeling, and similar studiesdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (2) development and periodic update of a metropolitan area master water supply
plan, prepared in cooperation with and subject to the approval of the commissioner
of natural resources, that:
deleted text end

new text begin (c) The policy advisory committee established in subdivision 2 must use the technical
advisory committee's information to develop policy options, and related funding options, to
achieve and maintain long-term, sustainable water supply in the region. The options must:
new text end

deleted text begin (i) providesdeleted text endnew text begin (1) providenew text end guidance for local water supply systems and future regional
investments;

deleted text begin (ii) emphasizesdeleted text endnew text begin (2) emphasizenew text end conservation, interjurisdictional cooperation, and
long-term sustainability; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

deleted text begin (iii) addressesdeleted text endnew text begin (3) addressnew text end the reliability, security, and cost-effectiveness of new text beginwater
supply in
new text endthe metropolitan area deleted text beginwater supply systemdeleted text end and its local and subregional
components;

deleted text begin (3)deleted text end new text begin(4) make new text endrecommendations for clarifying the appropriate roles and
responsibilities of local, regional, and state government in metropolitan area water supply;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text begin(5) make new text endrecommendations for streamlining and consolidating metropolitan area
water supply decision-making and approval processes; and

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin(6) make new text endrecommendations for the ongoing and long-term funding of
metropolitan area water supply planning activities and capital investments.

deleted text begin (b) The council must carry out the planning activities in this subdivision in
consultation with the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee established in
subdivision 2.
deleted text end

Subd. 2.

new text beginPolicy new text endadvisory committee.

(a) A Metropolitan Area Water Supply
new text beginPolicy new text endAdvisory Committee is established to deleted text beginassist the council in its planning activities in
subdivision 1
deleted text endnew text begin provide policy and technical information about water supply issues in the
metropolitan area to the Legislative Water Commission and the legislature
new text end. The advisory
committee has the following membership:

(1) the commissioner new text beginor deputy commissioner new text endof agriculture deleted text beginor the commissioner's
designee
deleted text end;

(2) the commissioner new text beginor deputy commissioner new text endof health deleted text beginor the commissioner's
designee
deleted text end;

(3) the commissioner new text beginor deputy commissioner new text endof natural resources deleted text beginor the
commissioner's designee
deleted text end;

(4) the commissioner new text beginor deputy commissioner new text endof the Pollution Control Agencydeleted text begin
or the commissioner's designee
deleted text end;

deleted text begin (5) two officials of counties that are located in the metropolitan area, appointed by
the governor;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) five officials of noncounty local governmental units that are located in the
metropolitan area, appointed by the governor;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (7) the chair of the Metropolitan Council or the chair's designee, who is chair of the
advisory committee; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (8) one official each from the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, and Wright,
appointed by the governor.
deleted text end

deleted text begin A local government unit in each of the seven counties in the metropolitan area
and Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, and Wright Counties must be represented in the 11
appointments made under clauses (5), (6), and (8).
deleted text end

new text begin (5) the chair of the Metropolitan Council;
new text end

new text begin (6) the executive director of the Board of Water and Soil Resources, who is chair of
the policy advisory committee;
new text end

new text begin (7) a member of the Board of Water Commissioners of the Saint Paul Regional
Water Services, appointed by the Board of Water Commissioners, and the director of the
Minneapolis water department;
new text end

new text begin (8) five elected city council members appointed by Metro Cities to represent local
government suppliers of drinking water in the metropolitan area, other than the members
appointed under clause (7);
new text end

new text begin (9) two county commissioners of different metropolitan counties, appointed by the
Association of Minnesota Counties; and
new text end

new text begin (10) four local elected officials from each of the counties of Chisago, Isanti,
Sherburne, and Wright, appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities.
new text end

(b) Members of the new text beginpolicy new text endadvisory committee deleted text beginappointed by the governordeleted text end serve
at the pleasure of the deleted text begingovernordeleted text endnew text begin respective appointing authoritiesnew text end. Members of the
new text beginpolicy new text endadvisory committee serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their
reasonable expenses as deleted text begindetermined by the Metropolitan Councildeleted text endnew text begin provided in section
15.0575
new text end. The new text beginpolicy new text endadvisory committee expires December 31, deleted text begin2016deleted text endnew text begin 2017new text end.

(c) The council must consider the work and recommendations of the new text beginpolicy
new text endadvisory committee when the council is preparing its deleted text beginregionaldeleted text endnew text begin metropolitannew text end development
deleted text beginframeworkdeleted text endnew text begin guidenew text end.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Technical advisory committee. new text end

new text begin A technical advisory committee is
established to inform the policy advisory committee's work. The technical advisory
committee shall consist of 11 members appointed by the policy advisory committee as
follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) six members to represent operators of single-city and multicity public water
supply systems in the metropolitan area;
new text end

new text begin (2) a hydrologist with expertise in groundwater analysis and modeling;
new text end

new text begin (3) a hydrologist with expertise in surface water analysis and modeling;
new text end

new text begin (4) an engineer with expertise in the design and construction of water supply systems;
new text end

new text begin (5) a person with expertise in population and demographic forecasting and modeling;
and
new text end

new text begin (6) a person with expertise in water demand forecasting.
new text end

new text begin Members of the technical advisory committee serve at the pleasure of the policy advisory
committee, without compensation, but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as
provided in section 15.0575. The technical advisory committee expires December 31, 2017.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Reports to legislature.

deleted text begin The council must submit reports to the legislature
regarding its findings, recommendations, and continuing planning activities under
subdivision 1. These reports shall be included in the "Minnesota Water Plan" required in
section 103B.151, and five-year interim reports may be provided as necessary.
deleted text end new text begin By February
15, 2016, the policy advisory committee shall submit a report to the Legislative Water
Commission and the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives
and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural
resources with the information required under this section. The policy advisory committee's
report and recommendations must include the technical advisory committee's report.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and
Washington.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginNORTH AND EAST METRO GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT
AREA PLAN SUSPENSION.
new text end

new text begin Until the report required under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565, is submitted to
the legislature, the commissioner of natural resources shall not:
new text end

new text begin (1) implement groundwater appropriation permit changes as proposed in the North
and East Metro Groundwater Management Area Plan Draft, prepared February 2, 2015; or
new text end

new text begin (2) require communities to connect to a regional surface water source or otherwise
expend resources to plan or prepare for a regional surface water connection.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end