The Clean Water Council was created to advise the Legislature and the Governor on the administration and implementation of the 2006 Clean Water Legacy Act (Minn. Stat. 114D).

    The 28-member council represents organizations with a major role in achieving clean water, enabling consensus building and coordination on a wide array of issues critical to the people of Minnesota.

    Council recommendations

    The Clean Water Council’s biennial report includes budget recommendations for the Legislature and the Governor on how Clean Water Fund dollars should be appropriated, policies for clean water, and progress on Clean Water Fund activities. The Council’s FY 22-23 Clean Water Fund recommendations total $220,247,000.

    Meetings of the full council

    The Clean Water Council meets monthly. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month (January and February are held on the fourth Monday due to holidays) and typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

    Upcoming meetings

    Past meetings

    Contact Paul Gardner for older meeting materials.

    Council members

    Members serve until their successors are appointed by the appointing authority.

    Member Representing Term expires Appointing authority
    John Barten Nonprofit organizations focused on improvement of Minnesota lakes and streams January 2023 Governor
    Steven Besser Statewide fishing organization January 2024 Governor
    Richard Biske Environmental organizations January 2024 Governor
    Richard Brainerd City governments January 2024 Governor
    Gary Burdorf Township officers January 2023 Governor
    Tannie Eshenaur Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) January 2023 MDH Commissioner
    Warren Formo Statewide farm organizations January 2023 Governor
    Jason Hanson Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) January 2023 BWSR
    Kelly Gribauval-Hite Business organizations January 2024 Governor
    Rep. Josh Heintzeman Minnesota House of Representatives Per appointing authority House
    Frank Jewell County government (rural counties) January 2023 Governor
    Jen Kader Environmental organizations January 2023 Governor
    Vacant Minnesota House of Representatives Per appointing authority House
    Peder Kjeseth Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) January 2023 MDA Commissioner
    Holly Kovarik Soil and water conservation districts January 2023 Governor
    Sen. Jennifer McEwen Minnesota Senate Per appointing authority Senate
    Jason Moeckel Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) January 2023 DNR Commissioner
    Jeffrey Peterson University of Minnesota (UMN) January 2023 UMN Board of Regents
    Raj Rajan Business organizations January 2023 Governor
    Victoria Reinhardt County government (seven-county metropolitan area) January 2024 Governor
    Todd Renville Statewide hunting organizations January 2023 Governor
    Sen. Carrie Ruud Minnesota Senate Per appointing authority Senate
    Peter Schwagerl Statewide farm organizations January 2024 Governor
    Patrick Shea City organizations January 2023 Governor
    Glenn Skuta Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) January 2023 Commissioner - MPCA
    Phillip Sterner Metropolitan Council January 2023 Metropolitan Council
    Jordan Vandal Representative of tribal governments January 2023 Governor
    Marcie Weinandt Watershed districts January 2024 Governor

    Member resources

    Policies and procedures