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Public forum will examine ways of protecting drinking water sources

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Program will hold a public advisory forum February 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at MDH's Snelling Office Park location (1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul).

The forum is open to anyone concerned about protecting the state's water resources from contaminants. It is an opportunity to share information related to contaminants of emerging concern and to learn more about CEC program activities.

This is the third forum since the program began; the first two were held in January of 2011 and February of 2012. Invited guests included representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies, academic programs, nonprofit groups, industry groups and drinking water and wastewater professional organizations, as well as the general public.

Agenda items for this meeting include:

Brief program overview.

Presentation from the United States Geological Survey on emerging concerns of naturally occurring toxins.

Presentation on the drinking water criterion and occurrence of microcystin.

Presentation from Minnesota Public Health Laboratory on expanding capacity and developing new analytical methods.

Open microphone: Updates from agencies, organizations on emerging contaminant activities, nominations of contaminants, etc.

If you would like to attend or to inquire about participation via the Web, contact Michele Ross at or 651-201-4927.

More information on the Advisory Forum can be found at

More background on the Contaminants of Emerging Concern program, which is funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, can be found on the MDH website at