News Watch: May 30, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Climate Change; Energy; Environmental Review and Permitting; Fish and Wildlife; Invasive Species; Mining; Nonprofits; Parks and Trails; Water; Water and Agriculture

Climate Change
MinnPost: Researchers show changing climate caused an ancient civilization’s collapse

Energy
Detroit Lakes Online: Letter: EPA proposal will reduce carbon from coal-fired power
Finance and Commerce: Solar power gets boost in bonding bill (subscription)
Kare 11: Solar panels on the roof of Solar Arts Building
Minnesota Public Radio: Brainerd wants to tap sewers for energy savings
West Central Tribune: Utility Commission pushes back Willmar, Minn., power plant renovation

Environmental Review and Permitting
Fairmont Sentinel: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Legislative session results a ‘mixed bag’

Fish and Wildlife
Minnesota Outdoor News: No public meetings for wolf hunting season
St. Cloud Times: Editorial: Wolf hunt plans take right track

Invasive Species
Marshall Independent: Southern MN lakes could be in store for federal money to help fight Asian carp
Republican Eagle: Editorial: Halt invasive species
Rochester Post-Bulletin: DNR ramps up invasive species enforcement

Mining
Associated Press: Feds complete review on effects of mineral prospecting
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)
Duluth News Tribune: Forest Service backs plan for mining exploration permits southeast of Ely
Minnesota Public Radio: Feds OK mineral exploration permits near Ely
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)

Nonprofits
Pioneer Press: Water nonprofit absorbed by Conservation Minnesota
(MEP member group Conservation Minnesota mentioned)

Parks and Trails
Faribault Daily News: Rice County board looking for more McCullough Park funding

Water
Duluth News Tribune: Some Northland rivers reaching levels not seen in several years

Water and Agriculture
Forum Communications: Do Minnesota farmers pollute too much?
(MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River mentioned)
Kare 11: Coalition urges farmers to do their fair share to clean up pollution (at 4:55 mark)
(MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River mentioned)
Pioneer Press: Minnesota cities call for tougher river sediment controls on farmers
(Minnesota Environmental Partnership and MEP member groups Friends of the Mississippi River and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
Star Tribune: Coalition targets Minnesota farmers for cleanup of river sludge
(Minnesota Environmental Partnership and MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River mentioned)

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