Posts By: Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Time for Action on Nitrate Pollution in our Groundwater

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By Bobby King, Policy and Organizing Program Director, Land Stewardship Project The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is holding a public meeting in Red Wing at the St. James Hotel on Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m., to discuss the value of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on nitrate pollution in the karst area of southeastern… Read more »

MEP and members urge consideration on key priorities and concerns at legislature

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill Conferees calling their attention to the priorities and concerns of the environmental and conservation community of Minnesota. Dear Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill Conferees: As the Conference Committee convenes to consider differences in the House and Senate versions of the Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations… Read more »

Statement for the Senate Environment and Energy Policy Committee: Reinstatement of MPCA Citizens’ Board

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On March 10, 2016, League of Women Voters member Kathleen Doran-Norton delivered the below prepared testimony regarding the reinstatement of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board. In her testimony, she emphasizes the importance of maintaining the presence of transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement in state decision making processes.   Statement for the Senate Environment and Energy Policy Committee… Read more »

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 »

St. Louis County Residents Rallied Before the County Board for the Endangered St. Louis River

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Duluth, Minn. (Sept. 22, 2015) — Chanting “protect, don’t pollute,” over 60 residents of St. Louis County asked their county commissioners to recognize that the St. Louis River has been declared endangered due to the threat of pollution from sulfide mining. The St. Louis River is listed as one of the ten Most Endangered Rivers… 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 »

Buffers benefit everyone

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By Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Lindsey Wilson –  Last week I read an article in the Star Tribune entitled “In farm country, tainted water is ‘just the way it is’” (July 4) and feel the urgent need to respond. The headline and content of this piece struck a frustrated chord in me as one of several… Read more »

Buffers: A welcome addition to Minnesota’s landscape

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This month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ( will begin steps to implement Governor Mark Dayton’s new landmark buffer initiative, that was signed into law last month. The law will designate an estimated 110,000 acres of land statewide for vegetative buffer zones that will grow perennial vegetation up to 50 feet along rivers, streams,… Read more »