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List of impaired waters keeps growing in Minnesota

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Earlier this week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added more than 300 stretches of water to Minnesota’s impaired waters list. Each lake, stream, or river included on this list is considered to be impaired by failing to meet environmental standards for beneficial uses, including drinking water, aquatic habitat, fishing, or swimming…. Read more »

Winter camelina shows promise to restore farmland, fight climate change

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Comparison of runoff filtered through soil planted with clean water crops Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Earlier this fall, a number of farmers in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states began introducing a new seed to their fields on 1000 acres of farmland. That’s a tiny area compared with the approximately 16 million acres of… Read more »

All eyes on world leaders as climate summit begins

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership During this week, the members of the G20 – an organization of 19 of the world’s wealthiest countries and the European Union – have been meeting in Rome in advance of the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland that begins tomorrow. The commitments and actions of the G20,… Read more »

Biden Administration move could save Boundary Waters from sulfide mining

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, October 20, the Biden Administration announced that it would resume federal efforts to seek a 20-year ban on sulfide mining on federal lands surrounding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Thanks to advocacy from Minnesotans, organizations, and courageous lawmakers including Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Senator Tina Smith, this… Read more »

Regenerative crops are rapidly becoming a reality

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Don Wyse, University of Minnesota Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Minnesota is home to the 5th-largest agricultural sector in the nation. About half of the state’s farming income comes from crop agriculture, of which corn and soybeans are the dominant products. Corn is especially prevalent – Minnesota is the fourth-largest producer in the nation and… Read more »

Oil companies: a broken record of broken promises

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Over the last weeks, two events in the oil industry, along with the ongoing story of Enbridge’s harms to Minnesota during Line 3 construction, demonstrated just how dangerous it is for our state and federal authorities to deal with an industry committed to its own profit at the expense of… Read more »

Poll shows Minnesotans oppose PolyMet practices

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership New polling of Minnesotans released on Tuesday shows that while Minnesotans aren’t settled one way or another about the PolyMet copper-nickel sulfide mine project near Hoyt Lakes, they tend to turn against it when presented with the scientific and legal facts about PolyMet and its backers. This polling is a… Read more »

Scientists, Indigenous organizers shed light on Line 3’s recent harms to water

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, MEP sponsored an online presentation, “Understanding the Line 3 Aquifer Breach and Spills,” in which geologists and Indigenous pipeline resisters shared information on the impacts that construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline is already having on our waters and ecosystems. Though science has predicted that Line 3… Read more »

Biden Administration report points to a new dawn for solar

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, the Biden Administration published a Department of Energy report that offered a course for building up solar power in the U.S. more than tenfold, helping to meet our clean energy needs. While the report is not yet a plan, it provides a roadmap to decarbonizing the economy by 2050, and… Read more »

Two wins for water as rollbacks are reversed

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, two federal decisions dealt victories to clean water, one at the national level, and one in Minnesota. On Monday, an Arizona District Court overturned the Trump Administration’s change to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a change referred to by critics as the “Dirty Water Rule.”… Read more »