Topic: Water
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Water

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Paul Moss

Sustainable Communities Team
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
paul.moss@state.mn.us


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Greywater Reuse Systems
Water from showers, sinks and washing machines can be reclaimed for reuse - where potable water isn't necessary - in irrigating landscapes and in supplying water for toilets.

Recreational Carrying Capacity of Lakes
Recreational carrying capacity on lakes can be defined as that threshold at which the number, type and manner of operating watercraft will adversely impact boater safety, user satisfaction, and ecologic sustainability of the lake, and was measured by a study of Wisconsin's Lake Ripley.

Residential Conservation Design Saves Money
A number of studies have shown that conservation design focusing on stormwater cuts development and municipal costs and generates developer profits.

Shoreland management - 2 web sites with technical and educational resources for protecting lakes and rivers
Easy access to a wealth of information for people who make everyday decisions that impact Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Stormwater Best Management Practices
Four manuals written for Minnesota aimed at improving land use and the local ecology, and cutting costs and pollution.

Sustainable Lakes Planning Workbook
This excellent resource from Minnesota Waters (formerly Minnesota Lakes Association) is useful for those planning for sustainable lake management.

US EPA water web site
One-stop web site for information about water resources and water quality.

Water Conservation - http://www.waterwiser.org/
A site that contains plenty of useful links, tips, and statistics to increase water conservation.

Water Environment Research Foundation
WERF is the largest organization in the US that provides wastewater and water quality research. The web site provides information about watersheds, stormwater, and human health.

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7/7 -7/11 Happy Dancing Turtle Eco Camp, 5th & 6th grade
7/9 -7/24 Public Information Meetings for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) Rulemaking Project
7/10 -6/11 Worknight in Pine Bend Bluffs
7/17 -7/19 Clean Water - We all live downstream
7/21 -7/25 Happy Dancing Turtle Eco Camp, Pre-K, ages 4 & 5
8/7 MPRB Ecological System Plan - Community Advisory Committee Meetings
8/7 MPRB Ecological System Plan - Community Advisory Committee Meetings
8/9 Mounds Park Walk & Talk -- River History & Landscape Revival
8/13 Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont (EPA webinar)
8/14 -8/14 Loeb Lake Family Fishing
8/18 -8/22 Happy Dancing Turtle Eco Camp, 3rd & 4th grade
8/21 -9/1 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair
8/23 Cooperative Solutions, A Convergence for a Just and Sustainable Economy
8/27 MPRB Ecological System Plan - Community Advisory Committee Meetings
8/29 -9/24 WEN MN Sustainable Water Event
9/1 -11/1 2014 Green Apple Season of Service
9/3 Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth (EPA webinar)

Ongoing Events
MCAD Sustainable Design Online Courses & Related Film Series
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Minnesota River Calendar of Events
U of MN Institute for the Environment Calendar
EcoTuesday Minneapolis
Wade Into Your Watershed
GreenPOWER Green Generalist Job Training Workshop
GreenPOWER Green Generalist Job Training Workshop
Schedule Your Water Quality Presentation!
Storm Drain Stenciling with FMR

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