Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

Insider: June 3, 2018

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Legislative session misses opportunities, but gives Minnesota a chance to move forward With Governor Mark Dayton’s final vetoes and bill signatures this week, the 2018 Minnesota legislative session ended with successes, losses, and missed opportunities for Minnesota’s environment. Thanks to the Governor’s veto, bad legislation like the Line 3 giveaway bill and the wild rice standard… Read more »

Insider: May 26, 2018

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With session’s end, dirty legislation dropped on Dayton’s desk After three months of debate and discussion, the Minnesota Legislature on Sunday concluded its 2018 session following the passage of several last-minute bills. Governor Mark Dayton has less than a week and a half to decide whether to sign, veto, or modify spending in the bills… Read more »

Insider: May 13, 2018

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

Insider: March 16

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Getting to the Roots of Nitrate Pollution Ag Dept, Legislature Consider Groundwater Solutions Last Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton laid out a framework for the Groundwater Protection Rule to limit the movement of nitrates into Minnesota’s waters as part of the Department of Agriculture’s proposed work to implement the Groundwater Protection Act. The proposal aims to limit the overuse of… Read more »

Insider: March 2, 2018

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Water Infrastructure Targeted in Bonding Proposals Why MN should turn on the tap for clean water funding In late January, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $1.5 billion bonding proposal for public works projects throughout Minnesota, which includes a proposal for $167 million in critically needed funding for clean water projects throughout the state. This week, two Republican legislators,… Read more »

Insider: February 23, 2018

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photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Invasive Shrimp Appears in Lake Superior Bill In Congress Would Worsen Problem This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that a single specimen of the bloody red shrimp species had been discovered in water samples collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor area in the summer of 2017…. Read more »

Insider: February 16, 2018

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Minnesota Legislative Session Begins on Tuesday February 20 will mark the beginning of the Minnesota Legislature’s 2018 Session, which will run until late May, offering opportunities and risks for Minnesota’s natural resources. Each session carries with it unique challenges, but the MEP coalition also has a chance to change the conversation on our state’s land, air, and water –… Read more »