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House Omnibus Bill Undercuts Minnesotans Love of Clean Water

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Policy Update, Press Release.

(April 15, 2015, St. Paul, Minn)  – Today, the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee is hearing public testimony on the Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Finance bill. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership and its more than 70 member organizations oppose many provisions in this bill that harm the progress Minnesota has made… Read more »

St. Louis River called one of America’s Most Endangered

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, news, Sulfide mining.

St. Paul, Minn –   Today American Rivers, a national organization focused on protecting U.S. rivers and restoring damaged rivers, named the St. Louis River in Northeastern Minnesota as among America’s Most Endangered Rivers. The impending threat to the St. Louis River cited by American Rivers is pollution from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel sulfide mine at… Read more »

MEP’s prepared testimony on advanced biofuel production incentive program

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Loon Commons blog, Water.

On February 18, 2015, Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s executive director Steve Morse delivered the below prepared testimony regarding proposals that would establish new incentive programs to advance biofuels production. In his testimony, he emphasizes the importance of crop diversity in our agricultural landscape and encouraged lawmakers rethink incentives that would continue reliance on few select crops…. Read more »

Minnesota wild rice protections rolled back by new bills

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Saint Paul, Minn. (Feb. 16, 2015) – Senators Tomassoni, Saxhaug, Bakk and Ingebrigtsen introduced S.F. 868 today, which would roll back existing water quality rules set in place to protect our state’s natural wild rice. Companion bill H.F. 853 was introduced last week. The bill would suspend current sulfate standards in wild rice waters. Minnesota… Read more »

If we are serious about fighting climate change, we need to get serious about investing in transit

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog.

Every year when the legislative session starts, we begin to look at our priorities for Minnesota, considering how we can continue to improve our state. Many of these conversations are held separately, being examined in silos, while in truth many are deeply intertwined. As we discuss how to fix Minnesota’s transportation system in one sphere,… Read more »

Clean Water & Wildlife Conservation Groups Applaud Governor Dayton’s Proposal for Expanded Buffers Along State Waterways

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Saint Paul, MN – January 30, 2015 – Twenty-nine Minnesota environmental and conservation organizations delivered a letter today to Governor Mark Dayton, praising his leadership in proposing expansion of perennial vegetation buffers along the state’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.  The Governor made his proposal at the state’s Department of Natural Resources Roundtable on January… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Funding for the Environment, Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog, Water.

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 »

Student Voice Series: Death to the Deadbeat Dam

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Student Voices, Water.

The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. The river-damming era in this country must come to an end. We must stop building… Read more »

Student Voices Series: Awareness, not Fear, in the Right to Know Debate

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog, Student Voices.

The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Today, in grocery stores everywhere, Minnesotans are not fully aware of the food they are… Read more »