Government and 3M Working Group

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


This group is composed of one representative each from the MPCA, DNR, 3M, Washington County and one representative from each of the following communities: the cities of Afton, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Maplewood, Newport, Oakdale, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, the townships of Denmark, Grey Cloud Island and West Lakeland, and the Prairie Island Indian Community. One representative from the Citizen – Business Group will also be a liaison to this group. Each community, MPCA, DNR and 3M can designate one alternate for when their representative is unable to participate in a meeting. 
  • 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 topics to explore.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Metropolitan Council, while not members of the Working 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, including preparation of project proposals and technical materials for meetings.
  • The meetings will be open to the public, and time will be reserved at the end of each meeting for public questions or comments.

Past meeting agendas and notes

October 16, 2019

Video recording, courtesy of South Washington County Telecommunications Commission

September 18, 2019

Aug. 21, 2019

July 17, 2019

  • One hour conference call/WebEx
    Topic: 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 19, 2019

May 15, 2019

April 17, 2019

February 20, 2019

January 16, 2019

December 19, 2018

November 14, 2018

October 17, 2018

September 19, 2018

August 22, 2018

July 13, 2018