STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION
AGRICULTURE POLICY COMMITTEE
Representative Fabian, Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, called the joint meeting of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and the Agriculture Policy Committee to order at 8:16 A.M. on January 19th, 2017, in Hearing Room 120 of the Capitol.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
ANDERSON, Paul, Chair
BACKER, Jeff Vice Chair
Representative Fabian called the meeting to order at 8:16 A.M. A quorum was present.
Steve Colvin, Deputy Director, Ecological and Water Resources Division, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and John Gleason, Public Waters Hydrologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, provided an overview of Minnesota’s Buffer Mapping Project.
John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), and Tom Gile, Buffers and Soil Erosion Program Coordinator, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), provided an update on the Buffer Program.
Harlan Madsen, County Commissioner of Kandiyohi County, and John Biren of Lyon County, members of the Association of Minnesota Counties provided testimony on buffer implementation.
Peter Mead of Becker County, and Marilyn Bernhardson of Redwood County, representing the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, testified about buffer implementation.
Rep. Anderson assumed the gavel at 10:55 A.M.
Scott Henderson, Sauk River Watershed District, and Ray Bohn, Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts testified about buffer implementation.
The following individuals provided testimony on buffer implementation:
Stan Overgaard of Dalton, Minnesota
Scott Gillespie of Johnson, Minnesota
Gary Haugen of Clinton, Minnesota
Allen Wold of Wheaton, Minnesota
Ted Suss, Isaac Walton League
Thom Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union
Cole Rupprecht, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Brian Thalmann, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Gary Botzek, Minnesota Conservation Federation
Darrell Gerber, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Steve Woods, Freshwater Society
The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 P.M.
Representative Paul Anderson, Chair
Tyler Webster, Committee Legislative Assistant