Citizen and Business Group

The Citizen and Business Group will identify and recommend projects to the MPCA and DNR for funding with money from the 3M Settlement. To assist the Group, Subgroups will be established to analyze options and deliver assessments and advice on alternatives and options. The Group will review the work products of the Subgroups and provide recommendations on projects and priorities to the MPCA and the DNR for their approval. The Citizen – Business Group also share advice and recommendations with the Government and 3M Working Group.

Next scheduled meeting


This group is composed of MPCA, DNR, and about 15 at‐large citizen, business, and nongovernmental representatives who live or are working in the East Metropolitan Area.  Applicants were nominated or self‐nominated.  Representatives on the group were selected by the DNR and MPCA. One representative from the Government and 3M Working Group will also be a liaison to this group.
  • This group will meet at least once a quarter, or more frequently if needed, will be briefed on all work in progress, and will provide input on work in progress and topics to explore.
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Metropolitan Council, while not members of the Citizen – Business Group, will be invited to consult on regulatory and policy topics in their area of expertise.
  • The MPCA and DNR will assist and support the group.
  • The meetings will be open to the public, and time will be reserved at the end of each meeting for public questions or comments.

Group members

The following criteria were used to select a diverse representation from the affected communities:

  • Evaluation of desire to become a member 
  • Evidence of East Metropolitan Area involvement either as a resident or working in the area
  • Skills and abilities, such as personal and professional background and skills, technical abilities, or experience in public engagement, public involvement, or group participation. 
  • Geographic diversity within the East Metropolitan Area
  • Ethnic and age diversity  
  • Representation of individuals and businesses who are on private wells and municipal drinking water 
  • Diversity of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, and experiences
 Name  Community
 Julie Bunn  Lake Elmo
 Betsy Daub  St. Paul
 David Filipiak  Woodbury
 Charlotte Flint  West Lakeland
 Bob Fossum  Lake Elmo
 Jeff Holtz  Lake Elmo
 Mark Jenkins  Maplewood
 Steve Johnson  West Lakeland
 Katie Johnston-Goodstar  Maplewood
 Jack Lavold  Cottage Grove
 Michael Madigan  Woodbury
 Barbara Ronningen  Afton
 Amy Schall  St. Paul Park
 Dave Schulenberg  Cottage Grove
 Monica Stiglich  Oakdale









Past meeting agendas and notes

May 19, 2020

April 14, 2020

February 18, 2020

January 14, 2020

November 19, 2019

October 15, 2019

September 17, 2019

August 20, 2019

July 16, 2019

  • One hour conference call/WebEx
    Topic discussed: Expedited projects - under the Minnesota’s Data Practices Act, funding decisions are not public information until all grant agreements are signed and executed. The goal is to notify the individual applicants of funding decision by the end of July.

June 18, 2019

May 14, 2019

April 16, 2019

February 19, 2019

January 15, 2019

December 18, 2018

November 13, 2018

October 16, 2018

September 18, 2018

August 21, 2018

July 13, 2018