Four community and business leaders join Clean Water Council

Contact: Matt Croaston, 612-269-7857

The Clean Water Council is pleased to announce the appointment of four new council members, three appointed by Governor Walz and one by the Senate Republican Caucus. The new members, representing state and local government and the business and nonprofit sectors, will join the council in advising the Governor and Legislature on the administration and implementation of the Clean Water Legacy Act. This includes recommending how to spend Clean Water Fund monies from tax revenues authorized by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, approved by Minnesota voters in 2008.

New members:

Minnesota Senator Carrie Ruud was appointed by the Minnesota Senate as Senate Republican representative on the council. Ruud is a real estate broker in Crow Wing County and serving her third term in the Minnesota Senate.

“I advocate for clean water initiatives in a variety of capacities, and I am excited to join the Clean Water Council,” Ruud says. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to support programs dedicated to our water quality. We will continue to emphasize the substantial impact clean water has on the well-being of Minnesotans, our wildlife, and the economy.”

Ruud is chair of the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Legacy Finance Committee.

Kelly Gribauval-Hite joins the council as a business representative. A resident of Pine County, she brings over 20 years of experience in corporate sustainability and regulatory compliance.

“I am honored to be a part of the Clean Water Council and actively participate in the preservation of the state of Minnesota’s water resources,” she says.

Gribauval-Hite is the chief executive officer of Mercury Technologies of Minnesota, Inc., a leading universal/hazardous waste management and consulting firm with a strict no-landfill policy.

Richard Brainerd joins the Clean Water Council as a representative of municipalities.

”I was extremely honored to be appointed by Governor Walz to represent municipalities on the council,” Brainerd says. “Clean Water is so vital to our everyday life, and I look forward to working with the council to preserve and enhance this precious resource.”

Brainerd has served 15 years on the Mahtomedi City Council and has extensive experience as a board member for The Nature Conservancy of MN, SD, ND and the Lakes and Trails Council of Minnesota.

Jen Kader joins the council as an environmental organization representative. Kader is senior program manager at Freshwater in St. Paul.

“The work of the council is critical for our waters for today and future generations,” Kader says. “In 2008, I remember being excited to vote for the Legacy Amendment and dedicate funds to protect Minnesota’s waters. Now, I’m thrilled to bring my expertise as a water resource and climate resilience advocate to the council to help make sure those funds have the biggest impact they can.”

Kader has nearly a decade of experience developing surface water management, lake management, and climate resilience plans. She has served on several community and technical advisory committees including the City of Minneapolis’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission.

Each new member will serve a one-year term that concludes in January 2021, with the exception of Kader, who will sit on the council through 2023. The Clean Water Council comprises seventeen voting members appointed by the Governor and 11 non-voting members appointed by the Legislature, University of Minnesota, and six state agencies. Learn more about its ongoing projects and priorities on the Clean Water Council web site.