The MPCA recently refreshed its Strategic Plan for the next five years. Part of the challenge of developing this Strategic Plan was how to best focus our agency on issues that accelerate environmental and human health benefits as well as to better serve agency customers. The agency selected 16 goals that cover air, water, land, cross agency, and excellence.
As part of the refresh, the agency gathered input from staff and external stakeholders. Some of the key themes shared by external stakeholders and staff included better communication and efficiency. Water was also a dominant theme.
Based on input from external and internal stakeholders, senior leadership selected a targeted set of goals where the agency can make a difference in the next five years. The goals range from reducing the amount of chloride in lakes and streams, to lessening food waste, to the efficient use of money coming to Minnesota from the Volkswagen settlement. There are also goals that include increased diversity in the agency’s work force, acceleration of data availability online, and improving air quality in population centers. The agency is also focusing on reducing permitting backlogs in air and nutrient pollution in watersheds.
All of the agency’s Strategic Plan goals will be measured and reviewed by staff and leadership to evaluate the progress the agency is making and determine what we can do better to protect Minnesota’s environment and human health. Check out the plan.