Posts Categorized: Clean Water

Dayton’s Veto Was Right Decision for Rural Minnesota

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

By Loretta Jaus Last Thursday I traveled from my dairy farm in Sibley County to the Governor’s Mansion in Saint Paul. I wanted to be with other Minnesotans who were gathered there to let Gov. Mark Dayton know that House File 846 was bad for Minnesota, especially rural Minnesota. Many provisions favoring corporate polluters and… Read more »

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Vetos

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Saint Paul, Minn. (May 23, 2015) — Earlier today, Governor Dayton used his veto pen on two major budget bills: the Agriculture and Environment Budget Bill, which contained a scaled back version of his buffer initiative and other provisions that would roll back Minnesota’s environmental protections; and the Jobs and Energy Budget Bill, which contained… Read more »

Legislature misses the mark on environmental issues; advocates urge Governor to stand his ground

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Clean Water, Energy, Legislature, news, transportation.

May 18, 2015, St. Paul, Minn – As the Minnesota Legislature prepares to adjourn later today, it’s clear that the outcomes of this Session will be marked by steps backward and missed opportunities for the precious Great Outdoors Minnesotans value dearly. “When we ask Minnesotans what they value most about our state, they talk about… Read more »

Buffer Initiative: It Will Help Protect Water & is Flexible Enough to Meet Farmer Needs

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Water.

By George Boody Governor Mark Dayton announced in January his proposal to require an additional 125,000 acres of perennial vegetation along lakes, rivers and streams. There is a long history of utilizing such living borders to filter out fertilizers and herbicides, while fortifying streambanks and reducing the amount of eroded soil that ends up in… Read more »

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 »

Forever Green: Relaying Resiliency

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Water.

To Matthew Ott, three words could make all the difference as to whether farming systems that protect the soil year-round in Minnesota become a consistent agricultural presence in the state. “For me, the most exciting thing is to be able to use the term, ‘cash cover crops,’ ” says the University of Minnesota graduate student…. Read more »

MEP’s prepared testimony on advanced biofuel production incentive program

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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 »

Why an EIS for Riverview Baker Dairy? Too Little Water, Too Much Manure

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Environmental Review - Defense, EQB and Environmental Review, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Groundwater management, Loon Commons blog, Water.

When Renville County dairy farmer James Kanne addressed a Minnesota Senate hearing on environmental review Jan. 29, he made it clear that size does matter when it comes to assessing the impact of an agricultural operation on the land and community. “If you have 50 cows in one spot, they have a small impact,” Kanne… Read more »