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Minnesota’s Own Water Crisis

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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has many across the state worried that a similar situation could impact Minnesota. Like many states across the country, Minnesota has an aging water infrastructure system, one that Governor Dayton has targeted for repairs and upgrades as part of his 2016 Bonding Request. While high lead levels are unlikely to pop… Read more »

Salty About Pollution

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Salty About Pollution:Winter Road De-Icing Tactics Railroading Minnesota Freshwater Ecosystems Cold weather is coming, and as… Read more »

USDA Must Take Action to Reduce Food Waste

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Almost every American produces waste. While most are aware that their trash is going into landfills… Read more »

Fries with a Side of Health Concerns and Environmental Degradation: The Minnesota Potato Problem

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. As we rush by the McDonalds drive-thru to grab a side of fries, very few of… Read more »

COP21: Voices for Youth

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Originally Published on Climate Generation Today was Young and Future Generations, or Youth day at COP21. Wanting to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds about why they thought youth were important to the climate change conversation, we took to the street and interviewed people throughout our day – on buses, between conference events, and… Read more »

When the Buzzing Stops

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Think about what you have eaten so far today.  Did you have any apples or almonds? … Read more »

Becoming a Transportation Leader

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We are proud to announce that the Minnesota Environmental Partnership is applying for our Transportation Leadership Certification, from our member organization, Transit for Livable Communities. What does this mean? Well, it means that we are rethinking transportation, for our employees, as well as for our members, partners, guests, and others.  First, let’s back up –… Read more »

If Minnesota pipelines were footballs: Half time report

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What if we looked at our fight against pipelines and for clean water and public safety like the way some of us look at football? First, huge congratulations to the clean water advocates, landowners and tribes that won the big Keystone XL game last week. TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, was heavily favored to… Read more »

PolyMet’s Perilous Precipice: Say No to Falling Off the Cliff

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Lake Superior Headwaters, St. Louis River – Minnesota (Source: Lori Andresen)Downstream of the proposed PolyMet Mine The PolyMet final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was released to the public November 6th, 2015. How did PolyMet ever get this far? And why? In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated PolyMet’s draft EIS as EU-3, Environmentally… Read more »