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SF 275

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:12am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; renaming the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers
Board; clarifying the duties and membership of board; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2008, section 103F.378.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 103F.378, is amended to read:

103F.378 MINNESOTA RIVER deleted text beginBASIN JOINT POWERSdeleted text end BOARD.

Subdivision 1.


The Minnesota River deleted text beginBasin Joint Powersdeleted text end Board, established
under section 471.59 for the purpose of coordinating efforts to improve water quality in
the Minnesota River deleted text beginand achieving the goal of making the Minnesota River suitable for
fishing and swimming by the year 2005
deleted text endnew text begin Basin by fulfilling a mission to provide leadership,
build partnerships, and support watershed programs in collaboration with the Water
Resources Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato
new text end, has the following duties:

(1) deleted text begincoordination ofdeleted text endnew text begin compiling and submitting to the governor, the legislature, the
Board of Water and Soil Resources, and all watershed partners:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end comprehensive new text beginwater quality improvement and watershed management new text endcleanup
goals for the Minnesota River new text beginBasin, prepared new text endby deleted text begincoordinatingdeleted text endnew text begin reviewing and summarizingnew text end
the work plans of the 12 major watersheds deleted text beginand the memberdeleted text endnew text begin, basinnew text end counties deleted text beginof the joint
powers board
deleted text end, state agencies, and deleted text beginthe University of Minnesota in cleanup effortsdeleted text end deleted text beginand
submission of periodic river cleanup plans for submission to the governor and the
deleted text endnew text begin other partners active in water quality programming;
new text end

new text begin (ii) a biennial report highlighting the results and progress of projects in the 12 major
watersheds of the Minnesota River Basin; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) periodic basinwide water quality improvement plansnew text end;

(2) advising on deleted text beginthe development and use of monitoring and evaluation systems
in the Minnesota River and the incorporation of the data obtained from these systems
into the planning process
deleted text endnew text begin water quality and watershed management projects, including
implementation and coordination of TMDL's under the Clean Water Legacy Act as
provided in chapter 114D, and promotion of data incorporation into the planning processes
associated with county water plans, watershed plans, and, as appropriate, planning and
zoning decisions in the Minnesota River Basin
new text end;

(3) conducting public meetings of the board on at least a quarterly basis at locations
within the Minnesota River Basin;

(4) conducting an ongoing information and education program concerning the status
of the Minnesota Riverdeleted text begin, including an annual conference on the state of the Minnesota
deleted text endnew text begin Basin and sponsoring and coordinating continuing education opportunities in
cooperation with watershed partners in the basin
new text end;

(5) providing periodic reports and budget requests to the governor's office deleted text beginand the
chairs of the agriculture and environment and natural resources committees of the senate
and the house of representatives
deleted text endnew text begin, appropriate committees of the legislature, and the
Board of Water and Soil Resources
new text end regarding progress on meeting river water quality
management goals and future funding required for this effortnew text begin and requesting biennial
legislative funding to provide the services
new text end;

(6) deleted text beginadvising on the development of projects within the 12 major watersheds that are
scientifically sound, have landowner support, and reduce inputs of pollutants into the
Minnesota River basin
deleted text endnew text begin coordinating and promoting, in partnership with and on behalf of
water quality and watershed management stakeholders, policy development and project
implementation that impact multiple major watersheds and target reduction of pollutant
inputs into the Minnesota River
new text end; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(7) deleted text beginadministering the distribution of project implementation funds for the 12 major
watersheds by approving projects, identifying matching components for each project,
and tracking the results achieved for each project.
deleted text endnew text begin facilitating the identification of and
application for water quality improvement implementation and research funding for
projects that impact multiple major watersheds and benefit local watershed efforts and
providing assistance as requested by local project managers, partners, state agencies, the
legislature, or the governor's office; and
new text end

new text begin (8) advocating to promote and advance basin issues identified by county and
watershed partners at the legislature, among the state agencies, and with the governor;
promoting cooperation among the numerous water quality and watershed management
units in the basin; providing conflict resolution and meeting facilitation services as
requested; and striving to advance basinwide water quality improvements while promoting
both local projects and managing regional initiatives.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Membershipnew text begin; advisory boardnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endUpon acceptance of the joint powers
agreementnew text begin and payment of annual duesnew text end, each member county deleted text beginthat agrees to join the
deleted text end shall have one county commissioner as its delegate to the board and one county
commissioner as an alternate. deleted text beginA technical and citizendeleted text endnew text begin The delegates shall elect a chair and
other officers as determined by the board.
new text end

new text begin (b) Annew text end advisory deleted text begincommitteedeleted text endnew text begin board, appointed by the chair,new text end shall be established
to deleted text beginadvise the board consisting of a technical representative from each of the counties
in the basin and citizens who are not county employees but who have an interest in
agriculture, conservation, sporting activities, and other relevant areas as determined by
the board
deleted text endnew text begin provide input on policy development, technical advances, continuing education
programs, and other areas of concern identified by the delegates or the advisory board.
The advisory board may consist of representatives from county water planning entities,
county planning and zoning, county environmental services, drainage authorities, soil
and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed projects, watershed
management organizations, municipalities, special interest groups, citizens, agricultural
organizations, state agencies, sporting organizations, and other entities as identified by the
advisory board or the delegates. The advisory board serves as an avenue to raise concerns
that the Minnesota River Board should address
new text end.