League of Women Voters presents water supply sustainability program March 11

The League of Women Voters ABC  will present “Water Supply Sustainability in the North Metro” at the Andover Senior Center, Monday, March 11. The featured speaker will be Lanya Ross, principal environmental scientist with the Metropolitan Council.

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Ross will speak about the regional analyses Metropolitan Council is conducting to understand the cumulative and long-term impacts of the seven-county metropolitan area’s water use choices. She will include a discussion of how individual actions can impact the sustainability of water supplies.

Lanya Ross has spent over a decade working on water supply planning issues in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Macalester College and a master’s in geology from Northern Arizona University. Some past projects include water resource planning for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakotah Community, groundwater modeling of Grand Canyon National Park’s public water supply, and development of the Twin Cities metropolitan area’s first master water supply plan.

Jamie Schurbon, Water Resource Specialist with the Anoka Conservation District, will provide a local perspective on water sustainability, including a preview of the information in the soon to be published Anoka County Geologic Atlas. He has been employed by Anoka Conservation District for the past 13 years where he is responsible for water quality and quantity monitoring, data analysis and reporting, and coordinating projects to improve impaired water bodies. The completion of the Geologic Atlas of Anoka County has recently been his special concern. He will describe this project and its significance.

All are invited for social time and refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by the program and discussion at 6:30 pm. The Andover Senior Center is next-door to Andover City Hall at 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW. Enter the City Hall parking lot from Crosstown, and proceed to the end of the parking lot.

For additional information, contact Katherine Whelchel at kathiew7contacts@gmail.com.

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