City officials are invited to participate in upcoming conversations about drinking water protection. The conversations are being convened by Environmental Initiative, a nonprofit that helps develop partnerships and collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental issues, through funding from the Minnesota Department of Health. The purpose of the conversations is to talk about the creation of a statewide collaborative effort to improve drinking water at its source.

There will be five conversations across the state, with two in July. Dinner will be provided from 5:30-6 for each of these sessions.

  • Perham: Thursday, July 18
    5:30-8 p.m.
    The Cactus – Event Room (43521 Fort Thunder Road)
    RSVP here or contact Erin Niehoff at
  • Luverne (including Edgerton and Worthington areas): Monday, July 22
    5:30-8 p.m.
    Grand Prairie Event Center – Buffalo Commons Area (105 South Estey Street)
    RSVP here  or contact Erin Niehoff at
  • Rochester area, August, date TBD
  • Nashwauk or Hibbing, September, date TBD
  • Anoka, September, date TBD

The aim of these conversations is to hear about community successes, challenges and needs surrounding drinking water protection. They will cover topics related to drinking water and land uses such as landfills, storage tanks, septic systems, storm water runoff from road and land surfaces, mining, agriculture, forestry, industry and more. The conversations will guide what the collaborative might look like, what it could accomplish and who might be involved.