Loon Commons Blog

Omnibus Environmental Policy Bill contains too many bad provisions

Posted by & filed under Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Policy Update, Press Release, Water.

By Steve Morse, Executive Director Our coalition is disappointed today that the Minnesota House passed the Omnibus Environmental Bill (H.F. 2164) without addressing the some serious problems identified by our nonprofit members and Governor Dayton’s agencies. Troubling provisions of this bill include: Loss of wetlands Instead of following the current Wetland Conservation Act that replaces… Read more »

Solar bonding saves the public money

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Energy, Funding for the Environment, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Policy Update, renewable energy development, solar, solar power, State Budget.

Energy issues have not received as much attention as the Vikings Stadium or the constitutional amendments this session, but there have been attempts at rollbacks to our Renewable Energy Standard.  There is still an opportunity to move forward on clean energy with the inclusion of solar in the bonding bill. The House version of the… 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 »

The Fight for Local Control Goes Local; Anti-Local Control Bill Passes off MN House Floor

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

By Bobby King, Land Stewardship Project Some lawmakers in St. Paul are turning a deaf ear to an important fact: local control is a key tool for Minnesota cities, townships and counties seeking to create a positive future for their communities. That’s why local officials are cranking up the volume a bit by signing letters,… Read more »

Welcome to our new website! We appreciate your patience as we continue making fixes

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, news.

We are so pleased to reveal the new www.MEPartnership.org, completed during The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge by a group of talented web professionals — Team Redundancy Team, as they call themselves. They delivered this new site after a whirlwind 24-straight hours of web development. Please understand that we’re continuing to make updates and fixing things, so your patience is… Read more »

Capitol Update: Bill that weakens permit process approaches final stages

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Policy Update.

By Eric Bergstrom, Campaign Coordinator House File 2095 (Fabian) was debated on the House floor on March 22, and passed on a vote of 79-49. This permitting bill means more rollbacks for Minnesotans and benefits for corporate special interests. The bill would establish a new process where an applicant for a permit could use a… Read more »

Speak up now against bad bills

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Uncategorized.

Urgent action is needed to stop the House omnibus environmental bill from passing! The bill rolls back water and air protections and short-changes citizen voices in decisions about pollution in our communities. Take action now to let your Legislators know that you oppose this bill to protect our water, air and health. Recommend on Facebook… Read more »

It’s Mostly Good News for Mpls. Urban Ag, But…

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

By Anna Cioffi, Land Stewardship Project Overall, the results of yesterday’s Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee hearing were good news for urban agriculture in the city. That’s especially true considering that going into the hearing there were concerns that severe restrictions would be imposed on the ability of urban farmers to carry out even basic… Read more »

Bonding: For herring, not for hugging

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Parks and Trails, State Budget.

This session of the Minnesota Legislature is supposed to be about bonding. By bonding, I don’t mean the “Hug a Ranger” campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Iron Range. Bonding in this session means the Bonding Bill, a collection of perhaps up to one billion dollars in capital projects that have been… Read more »

Urban Ag Needs Your Support by March 22

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

Additional changes have been proposed to the current Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Zoning Text Amendments that won’t work for urban farmers. LSP opposes incorporating these changes into the current language, as they create more barriers for urban farmers at a time when we should be supporting them. The City Council needs to hear from supporters of… Read more »