ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Gov. Mark Dayton is organizing town halls throughout
Minnesota to discuss water quality.

The Democratic governor has made improving the state's drinking and
recreational waters a top priority for his final term in office. He spearheaded
a new law requiring buffer zones between cropland and waterways and defended it
from GOP attempts to repeal it.

But Dayton says there's more work to be done. His office announced Wednesday 10
meetings throughout the summer to help develop water strategies throughout the
state. They include meetings in Rochester, Marshall, Ely, Stillwater and more.

It's part of his campaign to encourage cities to help improve water quality by
25 percent by 2025. State data shows more than 40 percent of Minnesota's water
is either impaired or polluted.