Posts By: Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Buffers: A welcome addition to Minnesota’s landscape

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This month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html) 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 »

MEP and member groups urge conferees to pass budget bill without dirty water restrictions

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered two letters urging Conference Committee members and members of the Minnesota Legislature to pass a clean environment budget bill without dirty water restrictions.  We strongly encourage conferees to remove provisions is SF 1764 and HF 846 that move backwards in efforts to protect Minnesota’s natural resources and… Read more »

MONDAY: Minnesota Environmental Partnership Announcing Sulfide Mining Poll on Press Call

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(April 10, 2015, St. Paul, Minn.) — During a call press call the afternoon of Monday, April 13, 2015, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) will present the findings of a new statewide public opinion poll on sulfide mining in Minnesota. Two sulfide mines have been proposed in Northeastern Minnesota, one near the Boundary Waters, and… Read more »

Deal Forged on Bioeconomy Legislation

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MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2015) – Biobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests reached agreement this week on legislation that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy, and the groups are urging the Minnesota legislature to pass the legislation, as amended. “The agreement on this legislation is significant because it demonstrates… Read more »

MEP’s summarized testimony on bill that would modify the duties of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board

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On March 12, 2015, Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s executive director Steve Morse delivered testimony summarized below regarding a new bill that would modify the duties of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board. In his testimony, he emphasizes the importance of keeping the essential duties of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board as is for a number… Read more »

Forever Green: Alternative, off-season crops could benefit economy as well as ecology

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By Julie Lund of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS). Posted on CFANS website: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/about/solutions/forever-green   Minnesota has 27 million acres of farmland dominated by corn and soybeans. Over the years, as high-yield varieties were introduced, these food and feed crops edged out prairie and pastures, and the state’s… Read more »