BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has announced plans to convene a statewide water quality summit in February.

Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union.

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The governor’s office says the summit is designed to focus attention on challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies — in both rural and urban areas of the state — and how to meet those challenges.

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In a statement, Dayton cited his father Bruce Dayton’s belief that “stewardship is a profound responsibility of each of us.”

The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders and others.

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