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Minnesotans demand leaders act now on climate change

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week saw a tremendous groundswell in climate advocacy in Minnesota at a moment when the impacts of our changing climate are becoming more and more visible. On Saturday, September 8,  People’s Climate Movement – Minnesota and allied organizations hosted the Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice Summit in… Read more »

Federal reversal on mining near BWCAW threatens Minnesota waters

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its cancellation of a Forest Service study and moratorium on mineral exploration in the watershed of the Superior National Forest, raising the possibility that private companies may soon be able to lease minerals in the watershed. The study was set up… Read more »

Minnesotans rally in Bemidji, showing that Line 3 fight is far from over

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, August 29, more than 100 people gathered in Bemidji and occupied several streets to share a message: the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project is wrong for Minnesota. The gathering, organized by MEP partners including MN350, Honor the Earth, and the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, peacefully occupied… Read more »

Newburg Township Board halts massive hog feedlot in SE MN

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, August 23, the Newburg Township Board in Fillmore County voted in the presence of more than 200 community members to institute a one-year moratorium to block construction on new large livestock feedlots. The moratorium was considered – and vigorously championed by many in southeastern Minnesota – in response to a… Read more »

Tuesday’s primary presents pivotal moment for Minnesota’s environment

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, August 14, Minnesotans in every county and district will cast ballots in what may one of the most significant primary elections in our state’s recent history. Many have already voted early, in person or by mail, and this year’s turnout is expected to be significant even for… Read more »

Seeing Minnesota’s clean energy future

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week was an important one for the future of clean energy and climate change in Minnesota, the U.S., and the world. The McKnight Foundation released a report projecting how Minnesota can meet our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. The green economy reached a… Read more »

Nitrate contamination’s real human cost

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In last week’s post, (MDA seeking Minnesotans’ feedback on nitrogen rule) we explained the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s process for developing its Groundwater Protection Rule, which aims to protect Minnesotans’ drinking water from nitrate contamination. MEP Executive Director Steve Morse testified on the need for these protections at a… Read more »

MDA seeking Minnesotans’ feedback on nitrogen rule

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Office of Administrative Hearings held comment sessions in Farmington, Stewartville, and Worthington on the MN Department of Agriculture’s proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. They will also host two hearings next week in St. Cloud (July 25) and Park Rapids (July 26), and will accept written comments through August 15. The MDA… Read more »

University of MN, MEP, and others share story of crops that help keep water clean

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Over 40 people from around the country went on a field tour of the University of Minnesota’s  innovative cover and perennial crops as part of the US Water Alliance’s annual One Water Summit held in Minneapolis last week. Researchers, regulators, policymakers, and other water experts saw firsthand the fruits… Read more »