When you ask people for their ideas about preserving Minnesota water quality, you get everything from an app that provides river information as you canoe along to a plan for using water twice before sending it down the line.
From a proposal to use retired farmers as a resource for improving river water quality to a call for “splash” mobs to get quick-hit volunteer work done.
Those ideas are among 20 semifinalists in the Minnesota Idea Open Water Challenge, which will award $15,000 to a final winner.
We wrote about the challenge a month ago as its deadline for entry neared. The water challenge is the second such idea open sponsored by the Minnesota Community Foundation.
The 20 will be trimmed to three finalists, and polls open Aug. 23 for anybody to vote on them either online or at the Minnesota State Fair.