News Watch: May 21, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Climate Change; Conservation; Energy; Environmental Review and Permitting; Fish and Wildlife; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; Transportation; Water

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
Bemidji Pioneer: Letter: Carlson, Saxhaug, colleagues made great strides in Parks and Trail legacy funding

Climate Change
Duluth News Tribune: Commentary: Cravaack plan a troubling backlash against climate-change education
(MEP member group Will Steger Foundation mentioned)
MinnPost: As global warming advances, risky responses gain a following
Winona Daily News: Commentary: Climate change science and true believers

Conservation
Star Tribune: Commentary: Conservationists can learn a lot from religion

Energy
Alexandria Echo Press: Solar energy workshop, tour offered in Morris

Environmental Review and Permitting
Forum Communications: Dayton frustrates business leaders

Fish and Wildlife
Associated Press: Minnesota releases wolf hunting, trapping plans
Duluth News Tribune: Letter: Inhumane wolf hunt could upset nature’s balance
Star Tribune: State will hold two wolf hunting seasons; 6,000 licenses offered

Invasive Species
Star Tribune: Anderson: Searching boats for invasive species has merit

Legislature and Administration
MN2020: Commentary: 2012’s Environmental Gains and Losses
(Writer is with Minnesota Environmental Partnership)

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Copper discovery joins Twin Metals projects
Duluth News Tribune: Polymet promises ‘foolproof’ pollution control at proposed mine
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)
MPR: Frac sand sediment spills into St. Croix River

Parks and Trails
Bemidji Pioneer: Lake Bemidji State Park to get four new camper cabins
MinnPost: Responding to demand, state and regional agencies build more trails
Star Tribune: Anderson: State parks bounce back from shutdown

Pollution and Toxins
MPR: Pesticide drift confirmed from some Minnesota farm fields

Transportation
Duluth News Tribune: State bonding money gives Duluth transit center the boost it needed
Finance and Commerce: Southwest LRT backers will seek DEED money

Water
Minnesota Outdoor News: Minnesota Rep. Cravaack takes a shot at ‘six-pack’ rule
Star Tribune: Warmup has cities rethinking water ways

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