473.156 Metropolitan water use and supply plan.
Subdivision 1. Plan components. The Metropolitan Council shall develop a short-term and long-term plan for existing and expected water use and supply in the metropolitan area. The plan shall be submitted to and reviewed by the commissioner of natural resources for consistency with the statewide drought plan under section 103G.293. At a minimum, the plans must:
(1) update the data and information on water supply and use within the metropolitan area and develop a water use and availability database;
(2) identify and evaluate alternative courses of action, including water conservation initiatives and economic alternatives, in case of drought or contamination conditions;
(3) develop regional surface water and use projection models for resource evaluation;
(4) recommend long-term approaches to resolving problems that may develop because of water use and supply with consideration given to problems that occur outside of the metropolitan area, but which have an effect within the area; and
(5) be consistent with the statewide drought plan under section 103G.293.
Subd. 2. Completion and report. The short-term plan must be completed by February 1, 1990. The long-term plan must be completed by February 1, 1992, and continually updated as the need arises. The plans must be prepared in consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Leech Lake Reservation business committee, the Mississippi headwaters board, Department of Natural Resources, and the Environmental Quality Board. Both plans must be given to the Metropolitan Affairs and Natural Resources Committees of the house of representatives and senate, and be available to the public.