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MEP Presents at the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Conference

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On October 2nd, MEP Executive Director Steve Morse, along with Professor David Mulla of the University of Minnesota and Shawn Schottler of the Science Museum of Minnesota, gave a presentation at the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Conference on Agricultural Water Quality Solutions. Their goal was to share lessons Minnesota has learned about ag-water quality in… Read more »

The river and the lake: The endangered St. Louis River and its connection to Lake Superior

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From a canoe, Seven Beaver Lake and Lake Superior could hardly feel more different. Seven Beaver  is shallow and muddy, nothing like the deep and rocky Superior. Yet they are deeply connected. Paddling Seven Beaver Lake this week, we were at the headwaters of the St. Louis River. If you care about Lake Superior, you… Read more »

Legislature gives all for mining industry, but workers are next target anyway

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Times are tough for workers in Minnesota’s mining industry. Low prices for metals have led to layoffs and plant closures that have affected more than 1,500 mine workers. Now, the United Steelworkers are locked in contentious contract negotiations. According to news reports, US Steel wants to end retiree health benefits and significantly increase health care… Read more »

Twenty arrested in D.C. protesting Enbridge’s/ State Department backroom deal

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With their arms interlocked inside PVC pipes, young folks and their supporters loudly sought justice in front of Secretary of State John Kerry’s house on the afternoon of August 25. The youth led action was called “Midwest Unrest”, and youth and older allies traveled by overnight bus from five Midwestern states to D.C. to participate…. Read more »

Could PolyMet pollute Lake Superior and the BWCA?

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For years, PolyMet has claimed that their proposed sulfide mine could have no impact on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But an article in the Timberjay reveals that after closure, polluted groundwater from PolyMet could flow into Birch Lake and then into the Boundary Waters. Even more disturbing, the models used by PolyMet to predict that no… Read more »

Governor Dayton meets with MEP member groups

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Written by MEP Communications Intern Hanna Terwilliger MEP’s Annual Members Meeting was a little more crowded than usual this year as we welcomed Governor Mark Dayton to discuss Minnesota’s environmental priorities. More than 100 people representing 43 of Minnesota’s most respected environmental and conservation came to hear the Governor speak and to ask him about… Read more »

Kalamazoo oil spill: How Enbridge wins while the climate loses

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Written by MEP’s Andrew Slade – It’s been five years since an Enbridge pipeline burst open in Marshall, Michigan and spilled nearly a million gallons of tar sands crude oil into the Kalamazoo River, a tributary of Lake Michigan. Normally, history is written by the winners, but in this case, there should have been no winners,… Read more »

Waukesha’s Bid to Divert Great Lakes Water Unnecessary Finds New Analysis

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A new, independent analysis released July 9, 2015 shows that Waukesha, Wisconsin can provide clean drinking water to its residents without diverting water from Lake Michigan. An alternative plan developed by two engineering firms would solve the city’s water problem and cost Waukesha taxpayers tens of millions of dollars less than the current proposal to… Read more »

First test of Great Lakes water compact is on its way to Minnesota

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On June 25, 2015 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) publicly released its draft review of the City of Waukesha’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan. This move could have ramifications for how the states and provinces of the Great Lakes manage the largest surface freshwater resource in the world. The City’s requested… Read more »