Last week, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recognized the state’s Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with the Better Government Award, which recognizes successful innovation in state government and “the hardworking public servants delivering excellent service to Minnesotans.”
Awards were given in three categories; MPCA won in the “Great Results” category for the agency’s Minnesota Watershed Approach to Clean Water Project. To better comply with federal laws and the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act, MPCA and other partners designed and implemented this new system which has revolutionized the agency’s water quality monitoring and restoration, and protection strategy development.
Minnesota now leads the country in completing the most comprehensive evaluation of all of the state’s major watersheds. In addition, it is on track to develop protection and cleanup strategies for each Minnesota watershed within six years.