Posts Categorized: Water

We stand together around shared priorities

Posted by & filed under biking, Clean Water, Defense, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Pollinators, Transit and Transportation, Water.

Minnesota’s Great Outdoors is more than just the beautiful natural spaces, clean lakes, prairie lands and forests. It’s about the health and vitality of our people and communities. The coalition members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership believe that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. They go hand in hand. Our state’s growth… Read more »

MEP and members urge President Obama and Attorney General Lynch to reconsider permits for Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, climate change, Loon Commons blog, oil, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to President Obama and Attorney General Lynch, expressing their support and solidarity to the Sanding Rock Sioux Tribe and requesting that they reconsider permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline and de-escalate the violence at the protest site. Read the entire letter below:   December… Read more »

The Longest Portage: Going the Extra Mile for the Boundary Waters

Posted by & filed under Boundary Waters, Loon Commons blog, Sulfide mining, Water.

Walking through the woods can be incredibly peaceful and relaxing, especially in Boundary Waters, where the boreal forest provides a multi-sensory experience that’s difficult to find anywhere else. As Wilderness lovers we work hard to protect that experience. The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is leading the effort to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness…. Read more »

MEP and members urge agreement on bonding

Posted by & filed under Funding for the Environment, Groundwater protection, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Sign-on Letter, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Governor Dayton and Legislative leaders calling for the Legislature to reach an agreement with the Governor on a bonding package that includes the full $210 million in funding for key priorities for our Great Outdoors. Read the full text of the letter below:… Read more »

MEP and members urge Governor Dayton to vote NO on Waukesha diversion proposal

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog, Sign-on Letter, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Governor Dayton urging him vote no on the Waukesha proposal to divert water from Great Lakes. Dear Governor Dayton, On behalf of the undersigned conservation and environmental organizations and their tens of thousands of Minnesota citizen-members, I am writing to express our shared concern… Read more »

MN Environmental Partnership Statement on DNR PolyMet Determination

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Environmental Review - Defense, news release, PolyMet, Water.

Saint Paul, Minn., March 3, 2016 — Earlier today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its Determination of Adequacy on the PolyMet sulfide mining project in northern Minnesota. In November PolyMet submitted its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), followed by a 30 public comment period. While the results of that public comment period… Read more »

Could PolyMet pollute Lake Superior and the BWCA?

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Water.

For years, PolyMet has claimed that their proposed sulfide mine could have no impact on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But an article in the Timberjay reveals that after closure, polluted groundwater from PolyMet could flow into Birch Lake and then into the Boundary Waters. Even more disturbing, the models used by PolyMet to predict that no… Read more »

Buffer Initiative: It Will Help Protect Water & is Flexible Enough to Meet Farmer Needs

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Water.

By George Boody Governor Mark Dayton announced in January his proposal to require an additional 125,000 acres of perennial vegetation along lakes, rivers and streams. There is a long history of utilizing such living borders to filter out fertilizers and herbicides, while fortifying streambanks and reducing the amount of eroded soil that ends up in… Read more »

Forever Green: Relaying Resiliency

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Water.

To Matthew Ott, three words could make all the difference as to whether farming systems that protect the soil year-round in Minnesota become a consistent agricultural presence in the state. “For me, the most exciting thing is to be able to use the term, ‘cash cover crops,’ ” says the University of Minnesota graduate student…. Read more »

MEP’s prepared testimony on advanced biofuel production incentive program

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Water, Loon Commons blog, Water.

On February 18, 2015, Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s executive director Steve Morse delivered the below prepared testimony regarding proposals that would establish new incentive programs to advance biofuels production. In his testimony, he emphasizes the importance of crop diversity in our agricultural landscape and encouraged lawmakers rethink incentives that would continue reliance on few select crops…. Read more »