Twin Cities WRS Seminar

Met Council's 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan


Judy Sventek, Ali Elhassan, and Kyle Colvin
Metropolitan Council

April 12, 2019


The Metropolitan Council develops regional policies, coordinates local planning and is provider of essential services for the 7 county twin cities metro area – an approximately 3000 square mile jurisdiction. The Council’s current mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region.  The Council is required by statute to prepare the Regional Development Guide of which the Water Resources Policy Plan is a chapter.  This presentation will provide an overview of the 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan. The current plan includes policy and direction for local units of government to help them plan for adequate water supplies in the region, as well as to protect and restore the water quality of regional water resources (lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and aquifers), and provide for orderly and economic advancement of wastewater infrastructure.  The Water Resources Policy Plan also provides specific guidance and directions for the communities in the seven-county metropolitan area to prepare the required local water supply plans, local surface water management plans, and local comprehensive sewer plans.  The presentation will also focus on the new areas in the plan which include policy and strategies to foster reuse of water as well enhanced policies and local plan requirements regarding mitigation of excess inflow and infiltration within the regional wastewater system.