Subdivision 1. With other sovereign states.
The agency, so far as it is not inconsistent
with its duties under the laws of this state, may assist and cooperate with any agency of another
state, of the United States of America or of the Dominion of Canada or any province thereof in
any matter relating to water pollution control.
Subd. 2. Funds received from persons or agencies.
The agency may receive and accept
money, property, or services from any person or from any agency described in subdivision 1 or
from any other source for any purpose within the scope of its functions under this chapter, chapter
116, or 116F, and all money so received are hereby appropriated for such purposes in like manner
and subject to like provisions of law as the corresponding appropriations of state funds.
Subd. 3. By governmental subdivisions.
It shall be the duty of each city, county, town,
sanitary district, public corporation, or other governmental subdivision to cooperate with the
agency in obtaining compliance with the provisions of this chapter and to enforce within its
jurisdiction all standards, orders, rules, or permit requirements adopted by the agency thereunder.
Subd. 4. Citizen monitoring of water quality.
(a) The agency may encourage citizen
monitoring of ambient water quality for public waters by:
(1) providing technical assistance to citizen and local group water quality monitoring efforts;
(2) integrating citizen monitoring data into water quality assessments and agency programs,
provided that the data adheres to agency quality assurance and quality control protocols; and
(3) seeking public and private funds to:
(i) collaboratively develop clear guidelines for water quality monitoring procedures and data
management practices for specific data and information uses;
(ii) distribute the guidelines to citizens, local governments, and other interested parties;
(iii) improve and expand water quality monitoring activities carried out by the agency; and
(iv) continue to improve electronic and Web access to water quality data and information
about public waters that have been either fully or partially assessed.
(b) This subdivision does not authorize a citizen to enter onto private property for any
(c) By January 15 of each odd-numbered year, the commissioner shall report to the senate
and house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over environmental policy and finance
on activities under this section.
History: 1945 c 395 s 6; 1969 c 9 s 21; 1969 c 931 s 3; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1978 c 568 s
1; 1985 c 248 s 70; 2002 c 253 s 1; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 2 s 125