There are several opportunities for farmers to be engaged and participate in this process, which are listed below.
It is important that Minnesota corn growers are factually correct and scientifically accurate in their critique. Farmers are encouraged to review the FAQ’s, historical timeline, and draft vulnerable groundwater area maps prior to commenting on the rule.
MDA has scheduled a series of public informational meetings throughout the state during May and June to present information about the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule (GPR) and the rulemaking process. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
It is important to note that these meetings are informational only; they are not part of the official rulemaking process. The process to submit formal comments and testimony that will become part of the rulemaking record is a separate process from the informational meetings.
- Thief River Falls: Wednesday, May 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Northland Community and Technical College
- Fergus Falls: Wednesday, May 30 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota State College Fergus Falls
- Little Falls: Thursday, May 31 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Initiative Foundation
- Red Wing: Tuesday, June 5 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota State College Southeast
- Kasson: Wednesday, June 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Kasson-Mantorville High School
- Pipestone: Monday, June 18 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- Hutchinson: Tuesday, June 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Ridgewater College
- St. Paul: Thursday, June 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Orville L. Freeman Building
For more details on the public informational meetings click here.
How to Participate in the Formal Rulemaking Process
Members of the public wishing to make formal comments about the rule can do so by submitting comments online and/or by providing testimony at one of the Administrative Law Judge Hearings to be held later this summer.
- The comment period for the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule began on April 30, 2018 and will be open until July 26, 2018. All comments must be submitted in writing and must be submitted via the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) website. THE MDA WILL NOT ACCEPT WRITTEN COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED RULE.
- Attend one of the five public hearings around the state and provide testimony before the Administrative Law Judge:
- Farmington: July 16 from 1:00-6:00 PM at Robert Boeckman Middle School
- Stewartville: July 18 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Stewartville Civic Center
- Worthington: July 19 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- St. Cloud: July 25 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the River’s Edge Convention Center
- Park Rapids: July 26 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the American Legion
More detailed information about the formal comment process is available here.