Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework (2011)

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The Legislature directed the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center to construct a framework describing what needs to be accomplished and how to get it done. The Legislature defined sustainable water use as that which “does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Aspects of water sustainability to be addressed included drinking water, stormwater, agricultural and industrial use, surface and groundwater interactions, infrastructure needs, and within the context of predicted changes in climate, demographics, and land use.