Posts By: Andrew Slade, Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Should Governor Dayton give away Duluth’s greatest competitive advantage?

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As a 25-year resident of Duluth, I’ve grown pretty attached to this region and its unique blend of natural and cultural resources. I’ve accepted the trade-off of fewer professional opportunities for far better recreational opportunities. This has been called Duluth’s “scenery tax”: Duluthians give up money in order to live in a beautiful place. Duluth’s… Read more »

Dear Governor Dayton: Protect the Great Lakes

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MEP’s Northeast Coordinator, Andrew Slade, writes the following fictitious letter to Governor Dayton explaining why he should reject Waukesha’s bid to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.  Under the Great Lakes Compact, all diversions of Great Lakes water are banned.  An exemption to this ban may be requested only if the community has shown a need… 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 »

The river and the lake: The endangered St. Louis River and its connection to Lake Superior

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From a canoe, Seven Beaver Lake and Lake Superior could hardly feel more different. Seven Beaver  is shallow and muddy, nothing like the deep and rocky Superior. Yet they are deeply connected. Paddling Seven Beaver Lake this week, we were at the headwaters of the St. Louis River. If you care about Lake Superior, you… Read more »

No more tar sands? Easy as 1-2-3

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“ONE: We are the people.” “TWO: We are un-i-ted.” “THREE: We will not let you build this pipeline.” Of all the chants that rang through the streets of downtown St. Paul during Saturday’s Tar Sands Resistance March, that’s the only one still ringing through my head. It was a beautiful day for a march. Five… Read more »

Legacy Funds lead to tangible results on the North Shore’s Knife River

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What would happen if we had all the money we needed for clean lakes, clean rivers, and vital habitat? In Minnesota, that’s not just wishful thinking, it’s a real strategic goal. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment just finished its fifth year of funding conservation work across the state, and the results are tangible…including… Read more »

Restoring Lake Superior, one Cook County stream at a time

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Cook County residents have seen local rivers send ribbons of mud into Lake Superior every spring and after every major rainstorm. The clay banks are eroding and the brook trout are disappearing. From the Flute Reed River to the Poplar River and Little Devil Track River, our community progress of developing roads, building resorts, and… Read more »

Demand versus need in Minnesota’s oil pipelines

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The Midwest and Great Lakes are quickly becoming a hub for transporting and refining one of the world’s dirtiest and most destructive fossil fuels on the planet: tar sands oil. Pipelines in the area are nothing new, but over the last several years the region’s infrastructure has seen a dramatic transformation