Conversations On Our Drinking Water

Community members are critical to conversations surrounding the policies that directly affect their lives. That’s why the Environmental Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Health partnered with the Citizens League to convene residents throughout Minnesota to discuss the state of their drinking water. To understand the concerns of all Minnesotans, we traveled to communities such as Grand Rapids, Nashwauk, Virginia, Perham, Worthington, and around the Twin Cities. These conversations led to the following report from Environmental Initiative, which will guide the creation of a formal, statewide collaboration to protect drinking water in our state.​ The Citizens League portion can be found in the appendix and it includes all of the notes from the community conversations we held. Our findings and recommendations, however, are incorporated in the overall report.

Report: Exploring the Development of a Source Water Protection Collaborative

In the News:

Worthington residents share drinking water concerns

“Citizens League director of public policy Amanda Koonjbeharry explained that Citizens League was commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Health to collect honest feedback from across the state. The information will inform the creation of a coalition to write a protection plan for drinking water sources.” – Worthington Globe, 11/11/2019

Commission responds to water concerns

“In response to concerns aired by Worthington residents at a Nov. 9 forum hosted by Citizens League, the Worthington Water and Light Commission discussed at its Monday meeting the questions that were raised about local water quality.” – Worthington Globe, 11/19/2019