Policy and a Pint at the Minnesota State Fair!

Our next Policy and a Pint® will be at the Minnesota State Fair! From the MPR booth, host Steve Seel will talk with water experts about the state of water in the Twin Cities: what are the biggest threats, what is currently being done, and what can each of us can do in our own community to improve the odds that clean, abundant fresh water will continue to buoy our quality of life well into the 21st century and beyond.

Minnesota is really in the top tier of states when it comes to understanding how its waters are doing—where they go, what pollutants they carry, where the pollutants come from, yet the scale of problems facing our waters exceeds our ability to do everything we know would help make them even better. More than 40 percent of Minnesota’s waters are currently listed as impaired or polluted. Damaging aquatic invasive species have infested more than 550 lakes statewide. In addition, the water treatment plants and clean drinking water systems that make Minnesotans’ water safe are in serious disrepair. Experts estimate that Minnesota communities will need $11 billion in water infrastructure improvements over the next two decades.

Grab something on stick and join us at the MPR Booth at the corner of Judson & Nelson for a statewide water discussion!

Funded by Target & the Bush Foundation, Policy and a Pint® is an event series presented by the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current that engages people in important conversations about public policy in Minnesota.