Water study landed quietly, but helps shape debate
"We have a rare moment in history to make the changes needed to put Minnesota on the path to water sustainability," the report, directed by the university's Deborah Swackhamer, states. Very little happened after Swackhamer delivered the 150-page document to the Legislature. But Swackhamer says it has been informing water discussions, and state officials say that it is helping them take a more integrated approach to water problems. At this point, it is the most comprehensive assessment of water conditions in a state that considers water one of its most precious attributes.