Summer 2014 Legislative Update

Federal Update: President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on June 10, 2014. This included a provision to close the St. Anthony Lock and Dam in Minneapolis within one year, as one of the measures the state is taking to prevent the upstream spread of Asian carp species.

We have not seen any further progress in the Congress on the Water Resources Research Act, or our FY15 appropriation.

State Update: The Minnesota State Legislature has passed a bill that authorized and funded the re-creation of the Legislative Water Commission. Eight legislators, two each from the majority and minority parties of the Senate and House, will be selected by the legislative leadership to serve on the Commission. They are charged to become the legislative experts on the complex water resources issues facing the state and to provide leadership to their colleagues on policy development.