Environment & Energy

Environment & Energy

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities supports an environmental protection program that is based on sound science, rather than administrative ease. The CGMC recognizes that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive.  By working to ensure that water quality rules are balanced and backed by state funding, Minnesota will be able to clean its impaired waters and prevent new impairments in the future.

Policy Positions

Advocacy Documents

Bills to Watch

  • SF 2668/HF 3122 – Allocates $167M in bonding to clean water infrastructure grant and loan programs administered by the Public Facilities Authority.
  • SF 2878/HF 3065– Appropriates $1M per year for two years to the Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB) to review the technical accuracy and scientific validity of water quality regulations.
  • SF 3075/HF 3332 – Wastewater infrastructure project supplemental grant funding 
  • SF 2807/HF 2802 –  Regulatory certainty
  • SF 2637/HF 2940 – Prohibits the MPCA from raising permit fees without legislative approval
  • SF 3536/HF 4133 – Ag policy omnibus bill; includes language prohibiting Department of Ag from adopting fertilizer application rules without legislative approval
  • SF3686/HF 3960 – Codifies MPCA’s peer review directive; incorporates recommendation of Legislative Water Commission Stakeholder Group (CGMC participated)
  • SF 2934/HF 3352 – Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota’s Resources (LCCMR) bill. Both versions include Pilot to Optimize Wastewater Facilities; Senate version includes requirement that the LCCMR consider recommending up to $10 million for wastewater infrastructure grants and 5% of corpus for loans to cities under 5,000.
  • SF 2983/HF 3280 – Wild rice sulfate bill. States there is no current non-narrative wild rice standard until the MPCA goes through a new rulemaking; bars application of the nullified wild rice standard and the equation-based numerical standard; allocates money to create a wild rice work group 
  • SF 3113/HF 3445 – Regulatory reform including limits on guidance; deletes ability of governor to waive impact to small cities 
  • SF 3199/HF 3577 – “Safe Salting” bill
  • SF 3141 – Environment Policy Omnibus Bill. Includes regulatory certainty; provision exempting non-urban portions of townships from storm water regulation
  • SF 2705/HF 3120 – Contains multiple provisions that the CGMC supports including regulatory certainty (CGMC neutral on including industrial permittees) and codification of the MPCA commissioner’s directive on peer review. The CGMC also supports the creation of a water credit exchange program, which is included in the Senate version but not the House version.

Contact information

2017-18 Legislative Committees

Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee
Chair: Sen. David Osmek (R-Mound)

Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee
Chair: Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)

Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee
Chair: Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point)

Senate Capital Investment Committee
Chair: Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester)

House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance
Chair: Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau)

House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)

House Legacy Funding Finance
Chair: Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont)

House Capital Investment Committee
Chair: Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City)

CGMC Chairs

  • Pat Hentges
    City Manager, City of Mankato
  • Del Rae Williams
    Mayor, City of Moorhead

CGMC Lobbyists