MPCA says many MN communities are unprepared for climate change

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency survey shows that 25% of Minnesota communities don’t have plans to deal with extreme weather caused by climate change. And, only 12% of respondents have a stand-alone climate adaptation or resilience plan.

AMLA Commissioner Katrina Kesler says that more and more communities are experiencing extreme rainfall, storms, floods and droughts, the legislature must step in and help.

The MPCA is asking the Legislature for just over $21 million to help cities upgrade aging stormwater infrastructure and another $55 million for broader resilience plans like shoreline restoration and tree planting. .

New mayor of Ulm Terry Svein says that their wastewater treatment system is not capable of dealing with such extremes…

Our wastewater treatment plant really needs help. I spoke to our plant manager and he told me our normal processing was 2,000 gallons per minute. We had eight inch showers in an hour and a half which meant we were dealing with 10,000…five times that. He said we can’t keep up this pace, so we’re going to need help.

The survey found that 42% of communities needed additional funding for planning and infrastructure. Additionally, 42% of respondents asked for better guidance.

Overall, the survey showed that 87% of local governments experienced extreme rainfall and storms, droughts or floods.

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