News Watch: November 7

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Today’s Topics: Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Climate Change 
Mother Jones: The Paris Climate Agreement Takes Effect Today

Conservation
Hastings Star Gazette: Art heroes to be honored at gala featuring MEP member group Hastings Environmental Protectors 
Lake County News Chronicle: Virgin forest with trees up to 200 years old purchased from Will Steger featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Star Tribune: Wakan Tipi 250 years after European contact: To commemorate or not? featuring MEP member group Lower Phalen Creek Project 

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Consultant says Lake Erie offshore wind farm poses low risk for wildlife

Mining
Star Tribune: PolyMet launches next critical phase of controversial mine plan for NE Minnesota featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: The Indigo Girls Launch #NoDAPL Boycott of Pipeline Owner’s Major Folk Music Festival
Indian Country Today Media Network: Obama, Extortion and the DAPL: Joye Braun Explains Why “There Are No Acceptable Rerouting Options”
Indian Country Today Media Network: The Ripple Effect: How Standing Rock Violence Inspired Demonstrations Around the World
Indian Country Today Media Network: Thousands of Jingle Dress Dancers Appear At Standing Rock
The Concordian: MPIRG and SEA organize against Dakota Access
Mother Jones: Activists Say Dakota Access Pipeline Could Be Put on Hold for 30 Days
Unicorn Riot: DAPL Construction Nears US Army Corps Land While Still Lacking Permits
Unicorn Riot: Water Protectors Attempt to Reclaim Sacred Burial Site, Demonstrate in Cemetery

Parks & Trails
International Falls Journal: Cruiser Lake Trail system renovation completed featuring MEP member group Voyageurs National Park Association 
Star Tribune: Excelsior looks to add docks, move forward with plans to revitalize Lake Minnetonka park
Star Tribune: Parks getting pushback on dropping bikes from Lake Street underpass

Pollution
MPR: Heavy rains left southern MN rivers polluted. How can we fix that?

Sustainable Development
Post-Bulletin: City plans to invest in more trees featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy

Transportation
Star Tribune: Woodbury, Oakdale warming to new Gold Line route

Water
St. Cloud Times: Mississippi health improving, but new threats emerge featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River
WJON: State of the Mississippi River Report Shows Positive Trend in River Health featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River

Wildlife & Fish
Duluth News Tribune: DNR announces winter walleye regulations on Mille Lacs Lake
Duluth News Tribune: DNR: Fish Lake walleyes in better shape than biologists thought
Star Tribune: State declares portion of Richfield under quarantine to slow spread of gypsy moth

4 Reasons to Schedule your Give to the Max Day gift

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Schedule Your Gift for Give to the Max DayEach November, Minnesota celebrates giving back to our community on Give to the Max Day! This year, this annual day of giving is on Thursday, November 17. But you don’t have to wait until then to make your gift. You can schedule your gift now through November 16, and your gift will count toward our Give to the Max Day goals!

Like many people, you may be supporting several nonprofits on Give to the Max Day. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity. That support is vitally important. Today, I want to give you 4 reasons to include the Minnesota Environmental Partnership in your Give to the Max Day giving, and schedule your gift today!

Reason #1: We won’t send you any emails on Give to the Max Day if you schedule your gift by November 16!

Repeat: We won’t send you ANY emails on Give to the Max Day! That’s right! We know that your email inbox is often flooded with messages on Give to the Max Day. We appreciate your early contribution and we want acknowledge it with a special thanks by staying out of your inbox. If you schedule your contribution ahead of November 17, we won’t send you any email on that day (except a THANK YOU!).

Reason #2: We’re Better Together!

You may have seen our message our campaign launch last month: Better Together. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership was founded by advocates who knew that we can do more together than we can alone. We are Better Together. I know you understand what’s at stake. Threats like sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior, corporate farm pollution, declining pollinator populations, and more, threaten our natural landscapes and the Minnesota we want to pass down to our children and their children. But we can protect our best natural assets, if we work together.

Reason #3: The biggest challenges we face are in changing statewide policy

We need your help to keep up the pressure on critical issues for Minnesota’s Great Outdoors. Things like key bonding investments that would clean up some of our most polluted areas, and a transportation package that would include long-term investments in low and zero-emission options like transit and safe biking and walking.

Reason #4: We’re building game-changing solutions

From climate change and agricultural pollution, to threatened air quality and pollinator declines, these issues affect every person in Minnesota. The complex nature of the environmental problems we face today require innovative, collaborative solutions. At the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, our core strength is in bringing thousands of Minnesotans, like you, together with our diverse coalition of advocacy nonprofits to focus on the most pressing environmental concerns. With you by our side, we’re aligning existing, emerging, and new efforts to respond to complex challenges ahead.

With your support, we can bring together the energies and passions of the broad environmental and conservation sector into a single POWERFUL voice on all of these issues. We need your support now to take on the complex challenges we face today.

Schedule your Give to the Max Day gift to the Minnesota Environmental Partnership now!

News Watch: November 3

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
MPR: Parts of MN experience a record-breaking growing season
Public News Service: Make a Habit of Healthy Eating for Your Heart
Winona Daily News: Learning Club hears from Land Stewardship Project on social justicefeaturing MEP member group Land Stewardship Project

Climate Change
Mother Jones: Inside the Carbon Tax Fight That’s Dividing Environmentalists
MPR: HealthPartners takes stand on climate change, joins national council

Conservation
Brainerd Dispatch: DNR expands hours at information center
Duluth News Tribune: Nature Conservancy buys virgin forest tract near Finland from Will Steger featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
MPR: Study: Tree planting pays off for Minneapolis, other cities featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Star Tribune: Washington County land purchase helps protect impaired trout stream

Energy
Bloomberg: Messy Battles Over Energy Are on Ballot Across States featuring MEP member group Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Midwest Energy News: ‘Flicker’ disagreement could delay Minnesota community solar

Mining
MPR: PolyMet applied to open its copper-nickel mine: Now what?
Timberjay: PolyMet project permitting process underway featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: Standing Rock Chair: Obama Could Stop the Dakota Pipeline Today & Preserve Indigenous Sacred Sites
Democracy Now!: Who is Kelcy Warren, the Texas Billionaire and Folk Music Fanatic Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline?
MPR: Clergy join Dakota Access pipeline protesters for ceremony
MPR: Pipeline company could face fines; protesters pepper-sprayed
Native News Online: United Nations Investigates Human Rights Violations By Law Enforcement Against Standing Rock Water Protectors
Star Tribune: Virtual protesters stand with Standing Rock in anti-pipeline movement

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: Two park commissioners question continued pumping at Hiawatha

Transportation
MPR: Paying your Metro Transit fare? There’s an app for that

Waste & Recycling
Austin Daily Herald: With trash bag in hand, everyone can help with water quality

Water
Duluth Reader: Minnesota DFL State Central Committee tables pro-water resolution
KNSI Radio: Crews Investigate Spill Into River
Le Sueuer News-Herald: County Board approves septic inspections as part of Le Sueur lakes cleanup

Wildlife & Fish
MinnPost: Letter From Skunk Hollow: The wind brings a work of insect art to earth
MPR: DNR to open Mille Lacs for winter walleye, allow some keepers

News Watch: October 31

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
The New York Times: A Difficult Harvest for America’s Black Farmers

Climate Change
MPR: Bill McKibben and Terry Tamminen on climate change politics and policy

Conservation
International Falls Journal: Beautifying grounds
MPR: Their mission: save Minnesota’s rare orchids before it’s too late
NPR: How is a 1,600-year-old tree weathering California’s drought?
Star Tribune: More trees would give Minneapolis a huge health boost, study finds

Energy
Alternet: A Deep Dive to Answer Ken Bone’s Energy Question featuring MEP member group Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Inforum: Gas line break temporarily shuts down Main Avenue in Moorhead

Oil & Pipelines
Brainerd Dispatch: Commission votes to move ahead with Minnesota pipeline environmental review
City Pages: Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies use batons on Dakota Access Pipeline protesters; 141 arrested [VIDEO]
Democracy Now!: Bundys vs. #NoDAPL: Armed White Militia Leaders Walk Free as Native Americans Face Police Violence
Democracy Now!: Did #DAPL Security Worker Wielding an AR-15 Rifle Try to Infiltrate Native Water Protectors?
Democracy Now!: Standing Rock: Dallas Goldtooth on Suspicious Fire Near Resistance Camp & Repression of Movement
Indian Country Today Media Network: A Turbulent Week on Front Lines at DAPL
MPR: Demonstrators echo N.D. pipeline protest at Minneapolis City Hall
MPR: Standing Rock protesters with connections to Wounded Knee on why they’re there
Star Tribune: PUC rejects request to reopen public comment on Enbridge pipeline project featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Parks & Trails
City Pages: Filmmakers Will and Jim Pattiz discover Voyageurs National Park is a spiritual experience
Duluth News Tribune: Youth camp sues Fredenberg Township for park access

Pollinators
MPR: $6 million bee lab opens at University of Minnesota

Pollution
NPR: 300M children are breathing ‘extremely toxic’ air, UNICEF says
St. Cloud Times: Chemical leak in river slows, source still unknown

Water
Austin Daily Herald: With trash bag in hand, everyone can help with water quality
Press Pubs: St. Croix River Association invites professor to speak “for the love of rivers” featuring MEP member group St. Croix River Association
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Place-based art project Water Bar addresses disparities in drinking water access
West Central Tribune: Army Corps investigates sinkhole on west side of Lac qui Parle Dam

Wildlife & Fish
Alexandria Echo Press: Minnesota DNR deer leader: Population on way up
KSTP: St. Croix Prep Academy Students Restoring Prairie in Stillwater featuring MEP member group Audubon Minnesota

Report from Standing Rock

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Editors note: Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator Abbie Plouff and Great Lakes Program Coordinator Irene Folstrom headed out this week to assist the Standing Rock Camp’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline would bring fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields down to its destination in southern Illinois. The 1,172-mile pipeline would run within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation could adversely impact drinking water and would disturb sacred burial sites. This is a major environmental justice issue, and the fight against it  pipeline has brought together over 300 native nations in unity. Read more background about the Dakota Access pipeline and its threat here. This post is a report back from Abbie Plouff on what she and Irene heard and saw while there.


dapl-1I’m sitting at the Prairie Knights casino, staring at a blank document trying sort through my thoughts. Earlier this week, Irene Folstrom and I left for the Standing Rock Camp to stand in solidarity with the water protectors. Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) member organizations and other partners have been here on the ground, and we know that it’s important to show up in person. We also know that the MEP is in a unique position to send support, being a coalition of over 70 environmental nonprofits, but we wouldn’t know how to send support until we’d gone ourselves.

This week has been difficult. The camp is preparing for winter at the same time that the police are forcing the front lines back. Numbers at the camp continue to decline, as the chill winds of winter settle in to the bones. The flags of over 300 native nations line the roads of the camp, and the camp is a sea of tipis broken up by other tents and temporary structures that house kitchens, meeting spaces, and other encampments. The people are building more sturdy structures in an attempt to outlast the winter.

While we were at Standing Rock, violence broke out on the front lines. Militarized police brought tanks, guns with rubber bullets, and tear gas to try to break through the line. Other than physically holding off the construction, the only other option now to stop the pipeline is for the President to step in and pull all of Dakota Access’ permits along the route. 

We will have more information, and be better able to plug folks in to the action when we get back. 

dapl2Here’s what you can do right now:

Get informed. Read the Standing Rock Syllabus, learn more about the history of indigenous resistance. 

Show up and volunteer. As the camp is preparing for winter, there is a huge need for people to come and help. If you want to coordinate a carpool from Minneapolis, check out this facebook group. 

Some groups, organizations, & media outlets you can follow to keep up with what is happening:

Camp of the Sacred Stone ~ Rezpect our Water ~ Indian Country Today Media Network ~ Idle No More – Twin Cities ~ Indigenous Environmental Network ~ Honor the Earth ~ Last Real Indians ~ Censored News ~ Lakota Country Times ~ OYATE Media Network ~ KILI Radio 90.1 ~ Unicorn Riot ~ Democracy Now! ~ Counter Currents News ~ The Bismarck Tribune

 

 

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News Watch: October 27

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Frac Sand, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Star Tribune: Tevlin: Ugly St. Paul dumping ground now sprouts vegetables and friendships

Climate Change
MPR: Trump, Clinton polar opposites on climate change, so why no debate?
NPR: After a long day of fighting climate change, this grain is ready for a beer
NPR: Antarctica’s ice sheets are melting faster, and from beneath

Conservation
Star Tribune: Washington County land purchase helps protect impaired trout stream

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Nation’s largest PACE project nears completion in Minnesota

Frac Sand
Star Tribune: Winona County Board moves closer to a frac sand mining ban

Invasive Species
Brainerd Dispatch: DNR confirms zebra mussels in 2 Crow Wing County lakes

Mining
Timberjay: Hoffman talks pipelines and PolyMet featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: Probe Finds Guards Who Unleashed Dogs on Pipeline Protesters Were Not Licensed in ND
Indian Country Today Media Network: Bracing for Winter: DAPL Water Protectors Shuck Corn, Build Shelter, Prepare for –35 Temps
Indian Country Today Media Network: Fighting for Our Lives: #NoDAPL in Historical Context
Pilot Independent: PUC meets Friday to decide on scoping for Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline Replacement project featuring MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Sierra Club
Star Tribune: Protesters oppose Hennepin County deputies being sent to North Dakota protests

Parks & Trails
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth to rev up trail work at Lester Park
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
MPR: Walk off that turkey dinner: MN state parks waive entry fee on Black Friday

Pollinators
Public News Service: Report: Big Stores Failing at Protecting Pollinators

Pollution
NPR: Settlement deal reached in 2014 West Virginia chemical spill

Transportation
Star Tribune: Cyclists seek more direct routes to MSP main terminal
Star Tribune: Met Council approves $118 million contract for SWLRT vehicles

Waste & Recycling
Recycling Today: PPRC 2016: Making the case for glass featuring MEP member group Eureka Recycling

Water
Alberta Lea Tribune: Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration for September floods
Le Sueur News Herald: County Board approves septic inspections as part of Le Sueur lakes cleanup
MinnPost: How EPA ducked emergency protection for Flint residents as lead levels rose
Politics in Minnesota: Capitol Report: Status Report: Flood help, faith in voting, river diversion
Wahpeton Daily News: Lawyers argue about construction of Red River diversion

Wildlife & Fish
The Guardian: World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns
MinnPost: Disease afflicting wild snake species is now found across half of the U.S.

News Watch: October 24

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
West Central Tribune: Some Minn. farmers worry as trade deals take a hit in presidential race

Climate Change
Grist: How one artist put climate activism on paper

Conservation
International Falls Journal: Understanding nature through math and science
Iowa State Daily: National Campus Sustainability Day educates students featuring MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
MPR: Oak trees’ acorn production down across Minnesota this year
New York Times: On the Water, and Into the Wild

Energy
Climate Central: U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples
The Guardian: Europe’s offshore wind industry booming as costs fall
Midwest Energy News: Nation’s largest PACE project nears completion in Minnesota
Minnesota Daily: University broadens clean energy efforts with solar subscription
MPR: Massive new solar plot marks big changes in rural Minnesota
Star Tribune: Minnesota Power will close two Iron Range coal-fired plants
Star Tribune: Target ranked No. 1 in corporate solar energy capacity

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: Arrested Actor Shailene Woodley: Why Do Elders & Children Protecting Water Face Tanks, Pepper Spray?
Democracy Now!: Meet the Journalist Facing 45 Years in Jail for Filming Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in North Dakota
Democracy Now!: North Dakota: Water Protectors Erect New Frontline Camp Directly in Path of Dakota Access Pipeline
Democracy Now!: Standing Rock: Police Arrest 100+ Water Protectors as Dakota Access Speeds up Pipeline Construction
Indian Country Today Media Network: Shailene Woodley Writes Passionate Defense of NoDAPL Water Protectors
MSNBC: Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Update
Native News Online: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Response to Treatment of Protesters
Yes! Magazine: How Far Will North Dakota Go to Get This Pipeline?

Parks & Trails
Duluth News Tribune: Hartley Park reopens to public; new yurt installed
Star Tribune: Sale of new license plate to benefit Minnesota state parks begins Dec. 1

Transportation
Duluth News Tribune: Transportation agencies weigh Blatnik Bridge’s life span
Star Tribune: Minnesota cities share bikes freely but want them returned

Waste & Recycling
Star Tribune: Bloomington hopes for a clean transition into organized trash collection

Water
West Central Tribune: Minnesota DNR designates Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area

News Watch: October 20

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Bloomington Prairie Online: Feedlot Lawsuit Gains More Momentum featuring MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Environment Minnesota
MPR: Bright blue skies, farmers adapting to increased climate variability
Star Tribune: ‘Buy local’ movement raises stakes for local fibers

Climate Change
 
Conservation
South Washington County Bulletin: Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation awardfeaturing MEP member group Minnesota Land Trust
 
Energy
Midwest Energy News: In Illinois, new rules expected to make solar faster and cheaper featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy
 
Mining
 
Oil & Pipelines
Indian Country Today Media Network: On the Standoff at Standing Rock
 
Pollinators
 
Transportation
 
Water
 

News Watch: October 18

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Kenyon Leader: Sustainability approach focuses on people, planet and profitability
MPR: Glen Taylor sees green in ‘war on big food’
NPR: We Pay Billions For Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?
West Central Tribune: Change the face of farming

Climate Change
NPR: Nations clinch landmark pact to fight climate change

Conservation
International Falls Journal: Learning about trees

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Q&A: New report challenges assumption that bigger solar is better
North American Windpower: PUC Unanimously Approves Xcel’s Energy Plan To Double Wind, Solar featuring MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Fresh Energy, and Sierra Club

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: Dakota Excess Pipeline? Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges
Democracy Now!: Midwives at Dakota Access Resistance Camps: We Can Decolonize, Respect Women & Mother Earth
Democracy Now!: Report from Standing Rock: 100+ Militarized Police Deployed Against Native American Water Protectors
Democracy Now!: “We’re Going to Call That a Win”: Water Protectors Promise More Protests as Felony Charges Dropped
Indian Country Today Media Network: From the Dakotas to the Desert: Energy Companies Threaten Native Culture
In These Times: Standing Rock and the Militarized Response to Indigenous Movements Around the World
Minnesota Daily: With financial help, students to join pipeline protest
Native News Online: Standing Rock Sioux Chair to President Obama: “Mr. President, Please Stand With Us”

Parks & Trails
Brainerd Dispatch: County seeks public comment on Emily to Blind Lake multi-use trail proposal
Star Tribune: Regional park costs projected to skyrocket in Mpls.
Star Tribune: Riverfront advocates propose new park at Minneapolis lock and dam

Pollution
Star Tribune: Despite snag, plans for Columbia Heights Hy-Vee move forward

Sustainable Development
Star Tribune: Dakota County seeks state grant for rural broadband

Transportation
Mankato Free Press: Source of transportation funding divides lawmakers
Star Tribune: Minneapolis-Duluth rail project to hold four open houses
Star Tribune: What is BRT, exactly? Reliable, for one thing
West Central Tribune: MnDOT hitting the road to get input on work ahead

Waste & Recycling
Mankato Free Press: MPCA grant helps establish new composting drop-off sites

Water
Alexandria Echo Press: Chippewa River Watershed Project seeks photo contest entries
Alexandria Echo Press: Innovative approach to water management takes next step
Fox 21: Meeting Held to Help Protect Lake Superior featuring MEP member group Save Lake Superior Association
MinnPost: ‘Strict’ pesticide rules fail to erase threat to Wisconsin’s drinking water
MPR: How a far-sighted Minnesota scientist pointed America toward the future

Wildlife & Fish
Duluth News Tribune: Prairie chickens making a comeback in western Minn. featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
MPR: Mille Lacs advisory panel member resigns, calling group ‘anti-treaty rights’