Posts Categorized: Great Lakes

Great Lakes groups ask presidential candidates to make greatest freshwater resource a priority

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog.

By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (in which MEP and other MEP member organizations participate) called on presidential candidates to respond its new Great Lakes platform, a framework for solving the pressing challenges that threaten this priceless resource. 1 in 10 people live in the Great Lakes basin,… Read more »

MEP and members urge Governor Dayton to vote NO on Waukesha diversion proposal

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog, Sign-on Letter, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Governor Dayton urging him vote no on the Waukesha proposal to divert water from Great Lakes. Dear Governor Dayton, On behalf of the undersigned conservation and environmental organizations and their tens of thousands of Minnesota citizen-members, I am writing to express our shared concern… 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 »

Clean your boats: Minnesotans get it, why doesn’t the EPA?

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog, Transit and Transportation, Water.

“Pick It or Ticket.” That’s a tortured line of poetry, but it sums up the message the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending to Minnesota boaters. When you trailer your boat from one lake to another, you have to clean it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could be transporting aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels or… Read more »

Mixed blessings from super ships

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Water.

On my walk to work, I cross Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. During the shipping season, my commute can be seriously disrupted by traffic…shipping traffic that is. The span of the bridge is nearly as long as a city block, and when a boat comes off of Lake Superior, the entire span raises up about… Read more »

Betty McCollum: Washington Update on TRAIN Act

Posted by & filed under Federal Budget, Great Lakes, Health, Water, Written by MN elected official.

From Congresswoman Betty McCollum On September 23, House Republicans passed a destructive bill called the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401).  This legislation institutes needless bureaucratic delays and stall tactics to permanently weaken EPA’s ability to uphold the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The bill also orders EPA to indefinitely delay its rules to address… Read more »