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114D.35 PUBLIC AND STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION; SCIENTIFIC REVIEW;
EDUCATION.
    Subdivision 1. Public and stakeholder participation. Public agencies and private entities
involved in the implementation of this chapter shall encourage participation by the public
and stakeholders, including local citizens, landowners and managers, and public and private
organizations, in the identification of impaired waters, in developing TMDL's, and in planning,
priority setting, and implementing restoration of impaired waters. In particular, the Pollution
Control Agency shall make reasonable efforts to provide timely information to the public and to
stakeholders about impaired waters that have been identified by the agency. The agency shall
seek broad and early public and stakeholder participation in scoping the activities necessary to
develop a TMDL, including the scientific models, methods, and approaches to be used in TMDL
development, and to implement restoration pursuant to section 114D.15, subdivision 7.
    Subd. 2. Expert scientific advice. The Clean Water Council and public agencies and
private entities shall make use of available public and private expertise from educational,
research, and technical organizations, including the University of Minnesota and other higher
education institutions, to provide appropriate independent expert advice on models, methods,
and approaches used in identifying impaired waters, developing TMDL's, and implementing
prevention and restoration.
    Subd. 3. Education. The Clean Water Council shall develop strategies for informing,
educating, and encouraging the participation of citizens, stakeholders, and others regarding
the identification of impaired waters, development of TMDL's, development of TMDL
implementation plans, and implementation of restoration for impaired waters. Public agencies
shall be responsible for implementing the strategies.
History: 2006 c 251 s 8