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Remembering Ed Minihan

Remembering Ed Minihan

CARPC and the region lost a tireless and passionate advocate for conservation with the death of Ed Minihan on August 5. Ed served as Commissioner for the Regional Planning Commission since he was appointed by County Executive Joe Parisi in 2013. During his tenure on the commission, he championed an approach to development that placed high priority of protection of the region’s vital natural resources and productive farmland.

In a recent example, Ed’s advocacy on the commission for protecting the nationally significant Waubesa Wetlands helped spark efforts by CARPC and others to monitor streamflow. Those efforts led to funding and installation of a water quality monitoring station last year to track possible pollutants flowing into the wetlands.

His service to CARPC was a small part of his overall contribution to and impact on the region. He served on the Town of Dunn Board for 44 years, the last 42 as chair. Under his leadership, the Town became a national model for conservation through their Purchase of Development Rights program that kept farmland and waterways permanently protected. The Town also took an active role in restoring two major wetlands and six detention basins in the Town, as well as building a fish spawning area. It is safe to say that the Town of Dunn is a jewel in the region today because of Ed’s leadership and commitment.

In addition to serving on CARPC, Ed’s other regional contributions included serving on the Greater Madison MPO (the area’s regional transportation planning body) and the Dane County Board of Zoning Appeals. He will be greatly missed at CARPC.