Minn. leaders meet to address threats to lakes, rivers

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Support for climate cast comes from Bank of America financing, clean energy initiatives, and advancements in renewable energy and spurring innovation in and the growth of environmentally focused companies markets and jobs, Bank of America, NA, member FDIC. I'm in Walker Minnesota at an annual meeting of rivers and lakes advocates and lakeshore. Homeowners associations and one thing they're seeing is the data is clear. Minnesota is getting wetter overall and as our climate shifts. That's presenting challenges for these folks. Jeff Forrester is the executive director of Minnesota lakes and rivers advocates. Well, I hear from people across the state and, you know, obviously water levels are changing, you know, some areas dryer. So there's drought other areas are over the shoreline and then we're also getting plants native plants there, didn't used to be plants people are saying, well, you know, we've got this northern mille-feuille which is native. And now it's growing right to the surface, and it's in places that never was before we can't get boats through my guess is that warmers having an impact, and then the cloudbursts events are flushing more nutrients cynical ex. And I'm just thinking, you know. No, it's really time to focus, some science, some energy on. What are the impacts going to be? How do we mitigate? How do we build resilience into our systems? The changes that we're seeing in the lakes. How much science is there in terms of linking that to climate? Well, my sense is, there's some, but there's not a great deal with agriculture. They've, you know, the farmers and farm groups have done a pretty good job of looking at the impacts on farms, and did oh with the timber industry and did o with people who deal with the infrastructure of our cities. But there hasn't been a real focused effort on what's going to happen to our lakes and rivers because there isn't the same kind of constituency. And that's really what this event is about is bringing in people who are focused on water and one part of the state one week or one, watershed and bring them together to kind of start talking about these larger issues. We we've seen a couple of recent records that have really jumped out at climate watchers with regard to precipitation, Minnesota, one was the, the twin cities record for all time annual precipitation of forty inches in two thousand sixteen. And then just last year, we had harmony that came in. With sixty inches of precipitation, that's the all time state record. That's closer to a New Orleans level average annual rainfall this spring. We're seeing many lakes, over Bank full are people noticing those changes on their local legs, people are definitely noticing, and I'm getting emails about it from across the state, and I think some are starting to connect the dots. Some maybe not so much. They're wondering what they can do about it. Because it's a climate impact and the climate is changing, and it's going to continue to change. That's why I'm thinking about resilience. What can we do to build resilience into the systems? What, what, what can we do to begin to manage our likes a in adaptive management holistic way, rather than just focusing on the walleye while we're gonna stock while focus on we? It's all well we're going to treat the weights here. We're going to do this, or that, discreet activity isn't going to get us. What we need. We need kind of a bigger vision. That's climate cast from Walker. Minnesota at a water conference. I'm NPR chief meteorologist Paul Hutton there.

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