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Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Revised Ag and Environment Bill

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Saint Paul, Minn. (June 5, 2015) — Earlier today, the Minnesota Legislature released a revised version of the Ag and Environment Budget Bill, following Governor Dayton’s veto of the bill on May 23. The Governor vetoed the bill citing the many roll backs on Minnesota’s environmental protections. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) and its 70… Read more »

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Vetos

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Saint Paul, Minn. (May 23, 2015) — Earlier today, Governor Dayton used his veto pen on two major budget bills: the Agriculture and Environment Budget Bill, which contained a scaled back version of his buffer initiative and other provisions that would roll back Minnesota’s environmental protections; and the Jobs and Energy Budget Bill, which contained… Read more »

Legislature misses the mark on environmental issues; advocates urge Governor to stand his ground

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May 18, 2015, St. Paul, Minn – As the Minnesota Legislature prepares to adjourn later today, it’s clear that the outcomes of this Session will be marked by steps backward and missed opportunities for the precious Great Outdoors Minnesotans value dearly. “When we ask Minnesotans what they value most about our state, they talk about… Read more »

St. Louis River called one of America’s Most Endangered

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St. Paul, Minn –   Today American Rivers, a national organization focused on protecting U.S. rivers and restoring damaged rivers, named the St. Louis River in Northeastern Minnesota as among America’s Most Endangered Rivers. The impending threat to the St. Louis River cited by American Rivers is pollution from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel sulfide mine at… Read more »

Minnesota wild rice protections rolled back by new bills

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Saint Paul, Minn. (Feb. 16, 2015) – Senators Tomassoni, Saxhaug, Bakk and Ingebrigtsen introduced S.F. 868 today, which would roll back existing water quality rules set in place to protect our state’s natural wild rice. Companion bill H.F. 853 was introduced last week. The bill would suspend current sulfate standards in wild rice waters. Minnesota… Read more »

Clean Water & Wildlife Conservation Groups Applaud Governor Dayton’s Proposal for Expanded Buffers Along State Waterways

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Saint Paul, MN – January 30, 2015 – Twenty-nine Minnesota environmental and conservation organizations delivered a letter today to Governor Mark Dayton, praising his leadership in proposing expansion of perennial vegetation buffers along the state’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.  The Governor made his proposal at the state’s Department of Natural Resources Roundtable on January… Read more »

MEP and members urge Clean Water Council to include funding for Forever Green Initiative

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St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Minnesota Environmental Partnership, along with several member organizations, submitted a letter to the Clean Water Council Budget and Outcomes Committee urging them to include funding of at least $1 million a year for the Forever Green Initiative. The Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota provides for… Read more »

Minnesotans back an increase in Renewable Energy Standard, says new poll

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For immediate release: September 4, 2014 Media Contacts: Christine Durand, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, 651-789-0654, St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 4, 2014) – A new poll shows that Minnesotans are paying attention to candidates’ views on renewable energy this fall, and they are looking for candidates that will improve the economy in Minnesota by creating clean… Read more »

Midwest voters support increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy sources

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For immediate release: August 28, 2014 Media Contacts: Christine Durand, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, 651-789-0654, St. Paul, Minn. (August 28, 2014) – Seven out of ten Midwesterners say that renewable energy like wind and solar power is a reliable, affordable option that is an increasing source of good jobs, according to a new region-wide public… Read more »