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Cleaning up the ways we get around in Minnesota

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership (@mattjdoll) This week, we’d like to thank all the Minnesotans who have spoken up this summer to help clean up Minnesota’s transportation. Hundreds of Minnesotans contacted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to weigh in on Phase 2 of the state’s Volkswagen settlement plan, asking the MPCA to prioritize electrification of vehicles… Read more »

Climate Reality Leadership Corps comes to Minnesota

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By Sara Wolff (@True2OurFuture) and Matt Doll (@mattjdoll), Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last weekend, more than a thousand climate activists, scholars, and leaders gathered in Minneapolis for a gathering of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training. Chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, this is the latest in the series of 40 trainings. It’s fitting that… Read more »

Minnesota River problems call for regenerative solutions

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photo credit: MPCA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently began collecting public comments on its reports – and proposed solutions – for the challenges facing the Minnesota River. The Minnesota is the third-longest stretch of river in the state. The area of its watershed extends over one-sixth of… Read more »

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

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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 »

Twin Metals announcement alters sulfide mining picture …but doesn’t answer fundamental questions

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental  On Thursday, Twin Metals announced some major changes to its proposal to conduct sulfide ore mining near Ely. Twin Metals’ new waste storage plan would move its storage location from the St. Louis River’s headwaters into the Boundary Waters watershed, where the mine itself would also sit. Some of the… Read more »

Making Minnesota an oasis for pollinators

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – @mattjdoll It’s no secret that pollinating species – including bees, butterflies, birds, and beetles – are facing sharp declines across the world. Minnesota is no exception, and as a state with economic sectors that rely on these species, we’re especially sensitive to this crisis. For that reason, making Minnesota… Read more »

Minnesotans face challenge from aquatic invasives

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MEP organizer Stephan Witherspoon (second from left) with Minnesota DNR and Sea Grant employees at the AIS Blitz By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership At this time of year more than any other, Minnesotans’ connection with water is visible throughout our state. Many of the over 800,000 boats registered in our state will be taking… Read more »

Pressure leads to hearings on PolyMet permit

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – @mattjdoll On Tuesday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered a hearing in Ramsey County District Court to review evidence that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) pressured the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep the EPA’s concerns about PolyMet’s water pollution out of the public record. This order came… Read more »

MPCA and EPA kept Minnesotans in the dark on PolyMet concerns

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photo credit: NASA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – @mattjdoll As evidence continues to mount that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to keep scientific concerns about Polymet’s pollution hazards out of the public record, more Minnesota voices are demanding an investigation: what were the EPA’s concerns, how… Read more »

Long-awaited MDA rule opens door to protecting Minnesotans’ drinking water

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – @mattjdoll After a multiyear process and input from Minnesotans from around the state, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has approved and is beginning implementation of its new Groundwater Protection Rule, which aims to start tackling the insidious threat of nitrate pollution in our drinking water. This rule regulates nitrogen… Read more »