Governor Mark Dayton Kicks of “Year of Water Action”

Minnesotans to Take Action in Their Communities to Protect and Preserve the Water Supply

Officials say more than 40 percent of Minnesota’s waters are currently impaired or polluted.

To raise awareness to the issue today, Governor Mark Dayton kicked off a “Year of Water Action” at the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Dayton is urging all Minnesotans to take action in their communities to protect and preserve Minnesota’s water supply.

Reports show nearly 550 lakes statewide are being damaged by aquatic invasive species.

Throughout the next 12 months…Dayton and his Administration will visit school classrooms…water treatment facilities…research institutions…and farms to encourage residents to learn more about challenges facing the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Each month of the new campaign will focus on a different topic…and important role water plays in our state’s health…economy…and overall way of life.

The headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park is one of Minnesota’s most iconic waters.

The Mississippi River Headwaters Watershed is a nearly 2,000 square mile area, located in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Itasca counties.

About 44 percent of the land in the watershed is privately owned. Land and water use decisions here – as in watersheds across Minnesota – affect fish and wildlife health, the amount of sediment in shipping channels, and the quality of water flowing out of residential faucets.