2020 Ag-Urban Partnership Forum on Water Quality

Date: December 16, 2020

Time: 8:45 a.m. – Noon

Location: Virtual

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A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Event

What: A conversation on the ways that agricultural and urban partners are working together to improve water quality around Minnesota. This builds off of the inaugural event in 2019 that sparked new partnerships in the Minnesota River Basin, and explores ways to keep the conversation – and the partnerships – going, and beyond this basin.

Who should attend: Ag and urban partners looking for ideas and information on how to develop and strengthen their relationships for working together to improve the water quality of Minnesota lakes and streams. These partners include elected officials, municipal employees, producers, tribal leaders, commodity groups, watershed professionals, advocacy groups, lake associations and private citizens.

Desired meeting outcomes: 

  • Learn from innovative examples of Ag-Urban collaboration
  • Listen to stories about groups that have broken down barriers and are working together
  • Hear strategies how to move partnerships forward within existing planning frameworks
  • Recognize successful partnerships
  • Inspire additional partnerships


  • Welcome by Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen and MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop
  • Results from the 2019 Ag-Urban Partnership Forum held in Mankato
  • One Watershed One Plan: How it works and why you should get involved
  • Ecosystem Services Market Place Minnesota pilot program
  • Panel: Ag and urban partners in water quality