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Governor's Clean Water Cabinet

Active dates:2003 - 2007
Established by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2003

The mission of the cabinet is to protect Minnesota water from present and future threats; ensure safe water to sustains healthy communities; keep an accurate and realistic picture of the "state of our waters" so that citizens and policy-makers are able to respond effectively and appropriately to meet new threats; and work aggressively to restore those water that have been causalities of society's great progress.

The Clean Water Cabinet has projects in four key areas of the state: the Red River Valley, North-Central Minnesota Lakes, Southeastern Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Each area has unique water management needs and it is the cabinet's goal to work in concert with local officials and other partners to get the results people want and need.


In June, 2003, Governor Pawlenty directed the formation of a Clean Water Cabinet. During a speech to more than 250 environmental stakeholders from across the state, the Governor reiterated his administration's commitment to protecting the lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater so important to Minnesota's exceptional quality of life.

"Minnesotans care deeply about the quality of their drinking water, and the quality and the future of their lakes, streams and rivers. They want to know that their children will be able to enjoy the waters for years to come," said Governor Pawlenty. "Our greatest natural resource is being strained by over-development, flooding, stormwater runoff and increased demands for drinking water. The time for action is now, and this administration is firmly committed to protecting and improving water quality in our state."


Tim Scherkenbach served as cabinet director.
Brad Moore, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (chair)
John Jaschke, Executive Director, Board of Water and Soil Resources
Gene Hugoson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Sanne Magnan, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
Mark Holsten, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Josh Gackle, Governor's Office
Peter Bell, Chair, Metropolitan Council

Internet resource:
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2006.
Record last updated: 12/05/2017

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