Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

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 »

Insider: February 2, 2018

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Minnesotans to Caucus February 6 On Tuesday, February 6, Minnesota’s political parties will hold statewide precinct caucuses – the first step in the parties’ process for endorsing candidates and adopting official positions in their platforms. This is an opportunity for voters to make their voices heard on critical topics and candidates. With Minnesota electing a Governor, two U.S. Senators, and every… Read more »

Insider: January 19, 2018

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Year in Preview and Minnesota’s Gubernatorial Election 2017 was a critical year for our natural resources and human health – with mounting threats to clean water, a drastic decline in pollinator populations, and one of the three hottest years on record around the world among other threats. And 2018 brings with it the continuation of these and other… Read more »

Insider: January 12, 2018

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Governor Candidates Forum on the Environment January 24 With so much at stake for Minnesota’s land, air, and water in today’s political climate, our next Governor will play a crucial role in determining the future of our natural resources and the health of our communities. That’s why Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our friends and partners in the community are… Read more »

Insider: January 5, 2018

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photo credit: NASA DNR Releases Draft Permit to Mine for PolyMet This morning, January 5, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources marked a major development in the PolyMet debate by releasing a draft Permit to Mine for the sulfide mining project. The permit is one of several that PolyMet would require to move forward with its proposed mine near… Read more »