Posts By: Matt Doll

Governor’s Veto of Wild Rice Bill Leaves Door Open for Solutions

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton announced his veto of HF 3280, a bill that would have taken major steps backward from protecting wild rice and clean water in Minnesota. The bill was intended to prevent the Pollution Control Agency from enforcing a rule on sulfate pollution in wild rice waters, ignoring… Read more »

Insider: May 5, 2018

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Minnesotans Demand Clean Water at the Capitol More than six hundred Minnesotans gathered on Wednesday, May 2 at the State Capitol with a critical demand for lawmakers: take action to protect Minnesota’s waters. Hundreds of attendees spoke out on their water concerns, but were united by the belief that the Legislature should work to strengthen… Read more »

Insider: April 29, 2018

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Water Action Day is Wednesday at the Capitol! In the Land of 10,000 lakes, water is one of our most precious and irreplaceable resources – and unfortunately, it’s in trouble. 40% of Minnesota’s waters already don’t meet health and safety standards, and many more are at risk of becoming undrinkable, unfishable, and unswimmable due to misuse… Read more »

Insider: March 23, 2018

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  Legislature pushes rollbacks with one month left in session This past weekend marked both Earth Day and the one-month-to-go date until the Minnesota legislative session ends. Unfortunately, the Legislature isn’t embracing the Earth Day spirit. Bills passed last week that would roll back crucial protections for Minnesota’s water and the health and livelihoods of… Read more »

Minnesotans Demand Clean Water at the Capitol

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership More than six hundred Minnesotans gathered on Wednesday, May 2 at the State Capitol with a critical demand for lawmakers: take action to protect Minnesota’s waters. Hundreds of attendees spoke out on their water concerns, but were united by the belief that the Legislature should work to strengthen –… Read more »

Student Voices Column – Stop Farming Food Deserts: Why Minnesotans Need a Change in the 2018 Farm Bill

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  The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of our Student Voices Series. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. The following column was contributed by Sarah Wescott and represents her views. One point six million people, or almost one third of Minnesota’s population,… Read more »

Letter to the House: Please oppose bill that blocks adoption of Groundwater Protection Rules not approved by the Legislature

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RE: Please oppose HF2887 that blocks adoption of Groundwater Protection Rules not approved by the Legislature April 16, 2018                                                                                               Dear Representative: We, the undersigned organizations and the citizens we represent, respectfully ask you to oppose HF 2887 that would impede the Department of Agriculture’s Groundwater Protection Rule.   Clean, safe drinking water should be accessible… Read more »

MPCA plan brings a silver lining to VW emissions cloud

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) unveiled its spending plan for the $47 million Minnesota will receive from the Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement, and it promises to make major positive strides in Minnesota’s clean transportation infrastructure. The money will be distributed throughout the state to help reduce… Read more »

Student Voices Column – Minnesota: A Leader in the Clean Energy Transition

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Source: Tony Webster/Creative Commons The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of our Student Voices Series. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. The following column was contributed by Katie Lund and represents her views.   As countries around the world commit… Read more »

Student Voices Column: The Fight Against Fracking Isn’t Over

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photo credit: Kendahl Schlueter, Winona Daily News The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of our Student Voices Series. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. The following column was contributed by Kaitlyn Lindaman and represents her views.   Fracking took hold of… Read more »