ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is again pushing to improve water quality in Minnesota with increased public involvement and more state spending.

Dayton on Monday declared this week as Water Action Week in Minnesota.

Flanked by several of his cabinet members, Dayton encouraged Minnesota residents to promote and protect clean water in the state.

The governor touted several of his proposed initiatives, including the water quality components of his $1.4 billion bonding bill. He says a proposed $600 million bonding bill by House Republicans is far too little for the plans he's pushing.

The Democratic governor says laws and regulations are necessary, but that a new ethic to protect water in the state is critical.