News Watch: May 26

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Mining, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Waste & Recyling, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Climate Change
NPR: Rising seas push too much salt into the Florida Everglades (In MPR)
Spokesman Recorder: Minnesota keeps moving forward on Clean Power Plan featuring MEP member groups Sierra Club and MPIRG

Commentary, Osakis Review: COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota in diversifying energy portfolio

Energy
Echo Press: City buildings will be more energy efficient
Mankato Free Press: Info sessions planned on solar garden subscriptions
Midwest Energy News: Minnesota firm has a new approach to clean energy financing
Reuters: BRIEF-Xcel Energy says expects wind to make up 24 pct of electricity supply by 2020
Star Tribune: Super solar plan for Arden Hills moves forward

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Minnesota Power should focus more on clean energy

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Antofagasta lobbies Minnesota delegation in DC featuring MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
Fox 21: Northland couple more than halfway through year in Boundary Waters
Star Tribune: McCollum, others meet with Twin Metals over BWCA
Timberjay: Bill to block sulfate enforcement approved featuring MEP and member group WaterLegacy

LTE, MinnPost: NorthMet mine should be allowed to proceed

Parks & Trails
MinnPost: Minneapolis edges St. Paul for title of nation’s best park system featuring MEP member group The Trust for Public Land
MPR: We’re No. 1! And 2: Mpls. edges out St. Paul for nation’s best park system featuring MEP member group The Trust for Public Land
Pioneer Press: Minneapolis and St. Paul have the best parks in the country featuring MEP member group The Trust for Public Land

Pollinators
MPR: Prairie gardening: Tips and tricks

Transportation
Duluth News Tribune: Dayton has doubts on transportation funding
MinnPost: How a transportation deal didn’t get done at the Legislature
MPR: Dayton: Transportation doubtful in special session
Politics in MN: Southwest LRT stakeholders in limbo
Star Tribune: Without state funding, Southwest light rail’s future in doubt
Star Tribune: North Side greenway proposal at last gets a road test on Irving Avenue

Commentary, Star Tribune: Here’s the win-win solution to Southwest light rail

Waste & Recycling
MPR: St. Paul seems ready to overhaul trash hauling; survey suggests support
MPR: St. Paul looks at consolidating garbage collection
Pioneer Press: St. Paul residents’ Top 5 trash troubles
Star Tribune: Community weighs in on organized trash collection in St. Paul

LTE, Bemidji Pioneer: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s ban or tax the use of plastic bags

Water
AP: Land O’Lakes, Minnesota partner on water quality initiative (In MPR)
Austin Daily Herald: Adopt-A-River bigger than ever for Cedar River; CRWD still seeking waterways volunteers
MPR: In battle to keep lead from water, St. Paul digs deep
MPR: MPR News Special Report: Minnesota’s water quality problem
MPR: USDA: Minnesota in top 5 for conservation easements
MPR: Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. waters
Post Bulletin: MPCA seeks comments on Cannon River cleanup plans
Star Tribune: Land O’Lakes gives boost to Minnesota water quality effort featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Commentary, Austin Daily Herald: Legislative support needed for water quality project plan

Wildlife & Fish
Star Tribune: National Eagle Center’s most prominent feathered resident dies

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