Press Statement: Department of Commerce concludes that Line 3 Pipeline is not needed in Minnesota

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PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Wolff, Advocacy Director
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
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Department of Commerce concludes that Line 3 Pipeline is not needed in Minnesota
 

This afternoon the Department of Commerce submitted testimony to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission concluding that Enbridge has not established a need for the proposed Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota as required under state rules. 

The testimony states that “in light of the serious risks and effects on the natural and socioeconomic environments of the existing Line 3 and the limited benefit that the existing Line 3 provides to Minnesota refineries, it is reasonable to conclude that Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3 without any new pipeline being built.”

Steve Morse, Executive Director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, said, “We commend the Department of Commerce for taking a hard look at the data and carefully considering the criteria that are in law for this type of project.  The Department found that this pipeline is not needed for Minnesota, that it does not benefit Minnesota, and is not good for Minnesota.”  

Of note, Morse said, is that according to the testimony, Enbridge did not provide a “sufficient analysis of future demand, and [the oil market analysis prepared by London Economics International, a global energy economics consulting firm] independently finds that ‘Minnesota demand for refined products appears unlikely to increase in the long term.’”

“The age of growth in fossil fuel demand is over,” Morse said. “We don’t need increased fossil fuel capacity.” Instead, “We need to get about the business of abandoning and cleaning up the existing Line 3.”

Enbridge Energy, a Canadian Energy Company, is proposing to construct a new oil pipeline in Minnesota to replace its existing Line 3 pipeline. The new pipeline would be almost twice as large as the existing pipeline and thus enable it to carry dirtier and heavier Canadian tar sands oil – 760,000 barrels per day, through Minnesota’s most pristine waters, watersheds and tribal communities.

Intensive efforts to educate Minnesotans about the harmful impacts of this project have been carried out by a broad and diverse coalition of Line 3 corridor landowners, Indian tribes and tribal communities, concerned citizens and organizations across the state.

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The Wild Rice Harvest Begins, Under Threat from Oil Pipelines

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At the end of every Minnesota summer, a centuries-old tradition continues on the waters home to the plant the Ojibwe call “manoomin”– wild rice. It’s known to many as the state grain of Minnesota, but wild rice has a much greater significance to the Ojibwe bands around the state who call these lands and waters home. Manoomin lies at the heart of Ojibwe history, culture, and well-being, and tribal members maintain the treaty rights to continue to harvest it and protect the lakes it grows on. Unfortunately, these rights have not always been respected by outside interests who seek to profit from the use of these waters – namely the oil pipelines that already cross these vulnerable waters.

Wild rice has formed an integral part of the Ojibwe people’s identity since they first came to the lands that now include Minnesota. According to oral history, the Ojibwe were told by the Creator to seek out land “where food grows on the water.” Manoomin has since been a staple of Ojibwe meals, and the harvest has successively been passed down to each generation. As a natural grain, it has tremendous health benefits. Winona LaDuke, the executive director of Honor the Earth and member of the White Earth Band, called it “Food for the belly and food for the soul. Its nutritional value is incomparable.”

 It’s a tradition that brings together communities. In an interview Debra Topping, a member of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe, said that she had spent the morning harvesting with family members, and said she hoped for her grandson to soon participate and learn about the tradition. Harvesters work from around 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon for roughly a month, using “knockers” made by community members to collect the grain. And wild rice isn’t solely a crop for human consumption – it feeds all of the life in the area it grows, including worms, insects, fish, and the animals and birds that prey on them – Topping has seen owl pellets containing still-intact grains of manoomin.

Because wild rice is a resource vulnerable to overharvesting and pollution, tribal communities carefully manage its use. Levi Brown, Director of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Environmental Department and member of the Leech Lake Band, said that the harvest time and length is determined by a community rice committee based on weather and the health of the paddies. In this, he says, “It is a government by and for the people.” The Leech Lake community manages an important and enormous resource – one-tenth of all the water in Minnesota is within the reservation’s borders, and the size of the resulting wild rice crop averages around 250,000 pounds a year.

As expansive as the wild rice waters are today, they have fallen precipitously since white settlers arrived. Winona LaDuke states that more than 70% of the original waters no longer support the grain, and threats to the remaining waters continue to mount. This is despite the treaty rights the Ojibwe hold, allowing them to have sole harvest and regulatory control over the crop on treaty lands. Said Levi Brown, “If you have the sole right to regulate the resource, doesn’t it make sense that you should have the ability to protect it from harm?”

These rights are at the core of the Ojibwe struggle against Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline, which would pump some of the dirtiest oil on earth directly through wild rice watersheds. According to Winona LaDuke, other Enbridge pipelines in the same area have already leaked, and no EIS has ever been conducted on the damage they have done. Previous studies of the new Line 3 indicate that there is no possible route that would not harm wild rice waters. The damage that a spill would cause would be catastrophic, and possibly irreparable to the grain’s survival.

The Ojibwe have decisively said “no” to this new pipeline, but so far it has continued to move forward through the regulatory steps, and Enbridge has already begun construction on the Wisconsin segment of Line 3. Debra Topping says she is doing her best to educate people who haven’t heard about the pipeline’s consequences, so that Enbridge and the Department of Commerce will have to face public accountability. And Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth, and tribal members have promised to continue the fight against Line 3 at every stage of the process. “My family has riced for generations,” LaDuke said, “and you’re not going to take that away from us.”

To learn more about Line 3’s impacts on the Ojibwe and northern Minnesotans, and how you can be an ally in this battle, visit www.stopline3.org. For more information on pipelines, water, climate issues, and more ways to take action, you can also visit our website at www.mepartnership.org.

Thanks to Levi Brown, Debra Topping, Winona LaDuke, and Irene Folstrom for their contributions to this article, and for their work to protect Minnesota’s waters and wild rice.

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The Wild Rice Harvest Begins, Under Threat from Oil Pipelines

At the end of every Minnesota summer, a centuries-old tradition continues on the waters home to the plant the Ojibwe call “manoomin”– wild rice. It’s known to many as the state grain of Minnesota, but wild rice has a much greater significance to the Ojibwe bands around the state who call these lands and waters home. Manoomin lies at the heart of Ojibwe history, culture, and well-being, and tribal members maintain the treaty rights to continue to harvest it and protect the lakes it grows on. Unfortunately, these rights have been disregarded by outside interests who seek to profit by polluting – namely the oil pipelines that already cross these vulnerable waters.

Wild rice has formed an integral part of the Ojibwe people’s identity since they first came to the lands that now include Minnesota. According to oral history, the Ojibwe were told by the Creator to seek out land “where food grows on the water.” Manoomin has since been a staple of Ojibwe meals, and the harvest has successively been passed down to each generation. As a natural grain, it has tremendous health benefits. Winona LaDuke, the executive director of Honor the Earth and member of the White Earth Band, called it “Food for the belly and food for the soul. Its nutritional value is incomparable.”

 It’s a tradition that brings together communities. In an interview Debra Topping, a member of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe, said that she had spent the morning harvesting with family members, and said she hoped for her grandson to soon participate and learn about the tradition. Harvesters work from around 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon for roughly a month, using “knockers” made by community members to collect the grain. And wild rice isn’t solely a crop for human consumption – it feeds all of the life in the area it grows, including worms, insects, fish, and the animals and birds that prey on them – Topping has seen owl pellets containing still-intact grains of manoomin.

Because wild rice is a resource vulnerable to overharvesting and pollution, tribal communities carefully manage its use. Levi Brown, Director of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Environmental Department and member of the Leech Lake Band, said that the harvest time and length is determined by a community rice committee based on weather and the health of the paddies. In this, he says, “It is a government by and for the people.” The Leech Lake community manages an important and enormous resource – one-tenth of all the water in Minnesota is within the reservation’s borders, and the size of the resulting wild rice crop averages around 250,000 pounds a year.

 

As expansive as the wild rice waters are today, they have fallen precipitously since white settlers arrived. Winona LaDuke says that more than 70% of the original waters no longer support the grain, and threats to the remaining waters continue to mount. This is despite the treaty rights the Ojibwe hold, allowing them to have sole harvest and regulatory control over the crop on treaty lands. Said Levi Brown, “If have the sole right to regulate the resource, doesn’t it make sense that you should have the ability to protect it from harm?”

These rights are at the core of the Ojibwe struggle against Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline, which would pump some of the dirtiest oil on earth directly through wild rice watersheds. According to Winona LaDuke, other Enbridge pipelines in the same area have already leaked, and no EIS has ever been conducted on the damage they have done. Previous studies of the new Line 3 indicate that there is no possible route that would not harm wild rice waters. The damage that a spill would cause would be catastrophic, and likely irreparable to the grain’s survival.

The Ojibwe have decisively said “no” to this new pipeline, but so far it has continued to move forward through the regulatory steps, and Enbridge has already begun construction on the Wisconsin segment of Line 3. Debra Topping says she is doing her best to educate people who haven’t heard about the pipeline’s consequences, so that Enbridge and the Department of Commerce will have to face public accountability. And Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth, and tribal members have promised to continue the fight against Line 3 at every stage of the process. “My family has riced for generations,” LaDuke said, “and you’re not going to take that away from us.”

To learn more about Line 3’s impacts on the Ojibwe and northern Minnesotans, and how you can be an ally in this battle, visit www.stopline3.org. For more information on pipelines, water, climate issues, and more ways to take action, you can also visit our website at www.mepartnership.org


The Energy Fair comes to St. Paul September 9-10

Join dozens of groups from the clean energy community this weekend at The Energy Fair, September 9th and 10th at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. Admission is FREE to 80+ workshops and 60+ exhibits on sustainable living, community resilience, and clean energy. The fair will feature several speakers from MEP member groups, including keynote speaker Tara Houska of Honor the Earth, as well as Fresh Energy’s Michael Noble. There will be free rides available from Metro Transit and all-electric shuttle from Union Depot. Solar Professional Day September 8th. All access passes and information can be found at TheEnergyFair.org. We hope to see you there!

Surge in Minnesota clean-energy jobs prompts calls for tighter energy standards

(From Star Tribune) — Jobs related to clean energy in Minnesota have grown 5.3 percent over the past year, a significant uptick that prompted a bipartisan team of state lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to call Thursday for boosting the state’s renewable energy goals in 2018. Over the last year, the state added 2,893 jobs in the clean energy industry for a total of 57,351 jobs, according to a new report from the nonprofit group Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit group. That’s nearly four times faster than the overall job growth rate in Minnesota — and evidence that the state should keep up the momentum, officials said in a news conference at the State Capitol. Clean energy jobs now comprise 1.9 percent of the state’s total employment, with the bulk of those jobs involved with increasing energy efficiency, in buildings for instance. >Read More.

Sustainable: Energy storage could bolster electric grid

(From Finance and Commerce) — While solar and wind continue to capture headlines and investments in the renewable energy economy, the prospect of more affordable energy storage could bring significant changes to the electric grid. Across the country, the idea of pairing solar with energy storage is taking hold, with one such project having been recently completed in Duluth and another proposed by Connexus Energy, the state’s largest electricity cooperative. For several years, Xcel Energy has had a one-megawatt battery in Luverne, a pilot project to capture wind energy in southwest Minnesota. It has also proposed to regulators a solar-storage project in Belle Plaine. >>Read More.


                

Raiding Clean Water Fund damages clean water quest

(From Morrison County Record) — In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of 1 percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes. One-third of the new revenue is constitutionally dedicated to “…the Clean Water Fund and may be spent only to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater from degradation….” The constitutional amendment further provides that these funds “… must supplement traditional sources of funding for these purposes and may not be used as a substitute.” >>Read More.

New findings suggest serious threat to Great Lakes fish from, yes, Prozac

(From MinnPost) — New research from the Niagara River suggests that Great Lakes fish are consuming and concentrating pharmaceutical pollution  — especially antidepressants and their breakdown products  — in amounts considerably higher than previous studies have indicated. Because these compounds have a demonstrated ability to harm fish by inducing physiological and behavioral changes, the lead scientist on the project says, the results demonstrate “a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.” Those are the words of Diana Aga, a chemistry professor at the University of Buffalo who specializes in gauging the environmental effects of new, nonindustrial “pollutants of emerging concern.” >>Read More.

Dayton’s 25 by 25 meetings head north, then to Twin Cities Metro

Governor Dayton has so far hosted five of his ten planned town hall meetings on his proposed “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal throughout Minnesota. The Governor is seeking input on how to improve the health of our state’s waters by 25% by the year 2025, and wants to hear Minnesotans’ ideas. The next several meetings will be coming to Ely and Bemidji, with events in the Twin Cities Metro to follow. For more information on how you can give your own input at a town hall, visit www.eqb.state.mn.us/25by25

   


          

Soybean Association to study dicamba herbicide complaints

(From Mankato Free Press) —  Farmers across the state and the Midwest have filed complaints of a new dicamba herbicide sprayed on neighbors’ fields that has spread onto their soybeans, causing damage to the plants. “There have been over 200 reports of damage that have come into the Department of Agriculture in nearly 50 counties. There is speculation that only 30 percent of damaged fields have been reported,” said Michael Petefish, president of the Mankato-based Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. The growing concern over dicamba and other herbicides being developed to kill weeds that have become resistant to other weed killers led the association to form a dicamba task force. They hope to learn the reasons for the damage and to find the best ways to fight resistant weeds while protecting crops. >>Read More.

           

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Emmer, Nolan add amendment to defund mining study

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Minnesota U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan late Wednesday successfully added an amendment to a House appropriations bill to defund a proposed U.S. Forest Service study of all mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The study was proposed earlier this year, along with a moratorium on mining near the BWCAW, a move that would stifle the proposed Twin Metals copper mine along the Kawishiwi River southeast of Ely. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management also denied Twin Metals permits needed to prospect or mine on federal land in the area. Amendment  No. 70 to the Interior Environment Appropriations portion of the omnibus bill prohibits the Forest Service from spending any money on the study. The full bill passed a House vote late Thursday. >>Read More.


           

Farmers, beekeepers put aside differences to aid bees

(From MPR News) — A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse the trend. “It’s an effort to help everybody realize that it is a complex issue and that solving one of the issues that causes stress for bees is not going to solve all of the problems,” said Zac Browning, a fourth-generation beekeeper at Browning’s Honey Company near Jamestown, N.D., and one of the project’s developers. The honey bee industry has struggled for years with the effects of disease, parasites, pesticides and the loss of habitat to feed bees. Those problems have often created tensions between beekeepers and agriculture over where to place blame for bee colony losses, and led to simplistic and unsuccessful fixes. >>Read More.


                

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University files lawsuit over hazardous materials detected at properties near Rosemount

(From Minnesota Daily) — The University of Minnesota is suing the federal government and DuPont over hazardous materials detected at one of its properties. The $3 million lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Aug. 11, is seeking reimbursement for investigations and potential cleanup costs at a nearly 8,000-acre University property near Rosemount, Minnesota. The land makes up the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park and Vermillion Highlands. The site was originally operated by DuPont through a government contract during World War II to make gunpowder. >>Read More.

 


Weekly Outdoor Trivia – Answers Below Job Postings!            

1. What Minnesota city and county are named after the Ojibwe word for wild rice?
 

2. The two longest rivers with segments in Minnesota are the Mississippi and the Red River of the North. What is the third-longest, which flows through a city in Iowa?
 

3. On what lake on the Mississippi River did Minnesota inventor Ralph Samuelson develop the sport he created – water skiing?

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State Director | Environment Minnesota

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Trivia Answers: 1) Mahnomen 2) Des Moines 3) Lake Pepin


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                                   White Bear Lake Ruling May Impact Other MN Waters

On Wednesday, August 30, Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan ruled that state officials had failed to exercise adequate stewardship of White Bear Lake and the aquifer beneath it. The lake, located among the northern suburbs of St. Paul, had reached distressingly low water levels in previous years. Judge Marrinan ruled that the DNR had not managed the water’s sustainability, in violation of state law, by allowing too much water pumping by the surrounding cities. The ruling requires the DNR to restrict expanded water use and enact policies that would cut down on water pumping in the area during dry periods. It is unclear at this time whether the DNR will seek to appeal the decision.

This case will certainly have local impacts on the White Bear Lake community. But it connects to larger questions of how the state conducts enforcement of existing environmental laws. The Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, referenced in Judge Marrinan’s decision, declares that everyone in Minnesota has the both right to protected land, air, and water and the responsibility to contribute to their protection, and it provides for mechanisms for ordinary citizens to make sure that the state is living up to its end of the bargain. Though the DNR plays a critical role in using sound science to make decisions on water protection, it does not always meet its obligation to keep our lakes sustainable. In situations like White Bear Lake, it may fall on citizens and action groups to demand that Minnesota’s resource laws be followed, not only when it is convenient, but whenever it is necessary.

At a moment when nutrient pollution and mining decisions are under debate around the state, cases like this one make us question: how can we do better? Water is Minnesota’s most precious resource, and it’s important to remember that keeping its clean is the right – and responsibility – of all of us.


The Energy Fair comes to St. Paul September 9-10

Join dozens of groups from the clean energy community at The Energy Fair, September 9th and 10th at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. Admission is FREE to 80+ workshops and 60+ exhibits on sustainable living, community resilience, and clean energy. The fair will feature several speakers from MEP member groups, including keynote speaker Tara Houska of Honor the Earth, as well as Fresh Energy’s Michael Noble. There will be free rides available from Metro Transit and all-electric shuttle from Union Depot. Solar Professional Day September 8th. All access passes and information can be found at TheEnergyFair.org. We hope to see you there!

Tracy Schools to light up with solar arrays

(From Marshall Independent) — Tracy Area Public Schools will be lighting up savings with its own solar arrays in the near future. The Tracy School Board voted 5-1 to place the array on the west side of the high school and directly to the east of the elementary school soccer field. Board member Ben Ludeman was the sole “no”vote and refused to comment. There had been a choice of two sites for the high school array. In addition to the chosen site immediately on the west side of the school, there was a patch across the driveway to the parking lot to the northwest side of the school that was considered. “Construction will start this fall, and, dependent on weather may have to be completed in the spring ’18,” Tracy Superintendent Chad Anderson said. >>Read More.


                

Antidepressants turning up in Great Lakes Fish

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Human antidepressant drugs are showing up in the brains of fish in the Great Lakes region, an unexpected byproduct of human waste that isn’t being removed in the sewage treatment process. The University at Buffalo in New York reported Thursday that “high concentrations” of antidepressants are building up in the brains of trout, walleye, bass and several other fish sampled from the Niagara River between lakes Erie and Ontario, the downstream end of the Great Lakes system. The drugs were found in all 10 species studied, said Diana Aga, lead scientists on the study who said the discovery raises “serious environmental concerns.” >>Read More.

Dayton’s 25 by 25 meetings head north, then to Twin Cities Metro

Governor Dayton has so far hosted three of his ten planned town hall meetings on his proposed “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal throughout Minnesota. The Governor is seeking input on how we can improve the health of our state’s waters by 25% by the year 2025, and wants to hear Minnesotans’ ideas. The next several meetings will be coming to Crookston, Ely, St. Cloud, and Bemidji, with events in the Metro to follow. For more information on how you can give your own input at a town hall, visit www.eqb.state.mn.us/25by25

   


          

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Fall Field Day to follow-up on cover crops; Mower SWCD offering free tours of three farms on Oct. 31

(From Austin Daily Herald) — Local producers will reopen their Mower County farms this fall to show their cover crops after harvest as well as discuss other soil-health practices. Mower Soil and Water Conservation District is planning a free Fall Field Day for Oct. 31 as a follow-up to a similar tour offered in late May on cover crops and soil health that drew about 90 people. In the spring, the event showcased cover crop fields at three area farms – Tom Cotter, Tom Finnegan and Terry and Cindy Hamilton – by busing participants to the sites. Cotter and Finnegan have been doing extensive outreach work on cover crops and soil health under a Cover Crop Champion grant this year awarded by the National Wildlife Federation to the Mower SWCD office. >>Read More.


           

Line 3 pipeline construction in Wisconsin sparks protests, arrests

(From MPR News) — Six self-described “water protectors” have now all been bailed out of a Wisconsin jail after being arrested Tuesday for protesting an oil pipeline. The protesters temporarily stopped construction of what’s known as Line 3, the oil pipeline Enbridge Energy wants to build across northern Minnesota. It would replace an existing 50-year-old line that’s still under regulatory review in Minnesota, but the company has already started work across the border. Alexander Good-Cane-Milk of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota was among the protesters. He locked himself to a piece of heavy equipment just across the Minnesota border, south of Superior, Wis., according to his girlfriend Ta’Sina Sapa Win. >>Read More.


           

The great butterfly release

(From Le Center Leader, featuring Izaak Walton League of Minnesota) — It was a day finer than a frog haircut four ways. I enjoy going to the Steele County Fair. I had a purpose there. No, I wasn’t the guy they shot out of a cannon. I volunteered at the Friends of Rice Lake State Park (RLSP) booth located at the Izaak Walton League’s Building during the fair. It’s a fine place to be. >>Read More.


                

DOT releases new statewide bicycle map

(From Savage Pacer) — Minnesota is among the friendliest states for bicyclists, according to the League of American Bicyclists. And now it just got a little friendlier. The Minnesota Department of Transportation released the 2017 statewide bicycle map and it’s now available a ton of places.You can find a copy of the new map at the Minnesota State Fair at the Kick Gas exhibit, which is at the Eco Experience Building on Randall Avenue, MnDOT says. You can also get it at MnDOT’s booth, which is in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. You can also get one online and you will also be able to find maps at campgrounds, rest areas and visitor centers throughout Minnesota cities. >>Read More.

Southwest LRT barrier wall raises the ire of neighbors, lawmakers

(From Star Tribune) — Lawmakers and some Minneapolis residents continue to raise questions about a proposed concrete wall that would separate freight and light-rail trains along a short stretch of the planned Southwest LRT route. News of the mile-long, 10-foot-high, 3-foot-wide wall emerged earlier this month after the Metropolitan Council reached an agreement with BNSF Railway over sharing the freight giant’s right of way just west of Target Field. The Met Council will build and operate the 14.5-mile light-rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie. >>Read More.


Weekly Outdoor Trivia – Answers Below Job Postings!            

1. What is Minnesota’s official state grain?
 

2. What are the names of the two U.S. National Forests in Minnesota?
 

3. What 60-mile-long land formation in southwest Minnesota features more than 200 wind turbines?

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Conservation Director | Friends of the Mississippi River

Membership and Individual Giving Associate | Land Stewardship Project – Apply by September 1

Director of Public Affairs | Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness

Executive Director, Southwest | Regional Sustainable Development Partnership University of Minnesota Extension

State Policy Community Organizer | Land Stewardship Project

State Director | Environment Minnesota

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Trivia Answers: 1) Wild rice 2) Chippewa and Superior 3) Buffalo Ridge


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MEP Calls for Better Groundwater Pollution Solution

Today, August 25, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is closing the comment period for its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which theoretically aims to protect Minnesota’s water resources from nitrate pollution as mandated under the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act. In the 28 years since the Act was passed, agricultural nitrate pollution in Minnesota’s groundwater has only become more widespread and severe. Nitrate is among the most widespread water pollutants in the state, threatening ecosystems and drinking water, so new rules on this issue are long overdue. Unfortunately, the Nitrogen Rule as proposed would do little to reverse the problem, and leave Minnesota with fewer tools to tackle pollution in the future.

Firstly, the rule falls far short of the Groundwater Protection Act’s scope. The Act applies to all groundwater, but the MDA’s rules only apply to some groundwater, leaving significant amounts of nitrate unchecked.Secondly, under the proposed rule, the MDA can’t act to regulate groundwater contamination if farm operators adopt certain farming practices, even if those practices fail to protect our drinking water, undermining the rule’s intent and results. And the ruless rely on agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that were designed to maximize farm profit. The practices weren’t intended for use in meeting water quality standards. Even the state acknowledges that those practices won’t solve the problem.

This rule is a solution for the wrong problem, so MEP and our partners have called on the MDA to go back to the drawing board and draft a rule that would help improve Minnesota’s waters. With our coalition partners, we have sent a letter to the MDA urging them to take another look at how we can solve this issue. And we thank more than 200 action takers from around Minnesota for sending emails from our system asking Governor Dayton and the MDA to prioritize fixing this problem using sound practices. With the Governor taking input on how to improve Minnesota’s water quality by 25% by 2025, now is the perfect moment to take bold steps to ensure clean drinking water for generations of Minnesotans.


The Energy Fair comes to St. Paul September 9-10

Join dozens of groups from the clean energy community at The Energy Fair, September 9th and 10th at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. Admission is FREE to 80+ workshops and 60+ exhibits on sustainable living, community resilience, and clean energy. The fair will feature several speakers from MEP member groups, including keynote speaker Tara Houska of Honor the Earth, as well as Fresh Energy’s Michael Noble. There will be free rides available from Metro Transit and all-electric shuttle from Union Depot. Solar Professional Day September 8th. All access passes and information can be found at TheEnergyFair.org. We hope to see you there!

St. Peter pursues energy efficiency project for city buildings, street lights

(From St. Peter Herald) — The city of St. Peter will upgrade lights and fix buildings to improve energy efficiency. But all of the work will be done by an outside firm, with guaranteed utility savings. The city will pay for the work through borrowing money with the savings as the repayment. Ameresco, Eden Prairie, identified the scope of the project, which totals $2.65 million. The utility and maintenance material savings will equal the cost of the project after about 19 years. “They guarantee the energy savings,” City Administrator Todd Prafke said during Monday’s City Council work session. After the project is complete, Ameresco verifies the energy conservation. >>Read More.


                

Minnesota River makes state’s list of infested waters

(From Montevideo American-News) — The Minnesota Depart­ment of Natural Resources recently announced that the entire Minnesota River has been added to the state’s Infested Waters List. In September of 2016, the DNR confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Lac qui Parle Lake. Recent DNR surveys of the Minne­sota River have discovered adult zebra mussels attached to rocks behind the Granite Falls dam. Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, were found at four of seven survey sites on the Minnesota River from Montevideo to New Ulm. >>Read More.

Dayton: ‘I am here to listen to you’

(From Marshall Independent) — In some ways, Gov. Mark Dayton said, his work for clean water started in southwest Minnesota. He was reading a 2014 draft report on contaminated water in the region, and was “shocked” by what he learned. On Thursday, the topic of water quality came back to southwest Minnesota at a town hall meeting in Marshall. Dayton told a crowd of area residents that it was their chance to share concerns and ideas for cleaner water in the state. “We each have a shared responsibility,” Dayton said, to see what we can do to protect our water. “I am here to listen to you,” Dayton said. >>Read More.

   


          

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Minnesota’s water war

(From MinnPost) — In Minnesota, proposed sulfide mining is a war over water. Foreign mining giants Glencore Xstrata (majority owner of PolyMet) and Antofagasta (sole owner of Twin Metals) are planning to use multibillion gallons of Minnesota’s waters to mine disseminated sulfide deposits containing less than 1 percent metals. When sulfide mining promoters speak of the Duluth Complex, their rhetoric is only in the geological context of metal sulfides.The Duluth Complex, a result of the Midcontinent Rift, is much more than metal sulfides. It is ancient magma, rock, and sediment. It is transformation by searing heat. The forces that formed the Duluth Complex also laid the foundation for Minnesota’s greatest treasure: its waters. >>Read More.

Walter Mondale: We can’t afford to get the mining-vs.-land-protection equation wrong

(From Star Tribune) — The commitment of Minnesotans to protect the land and waters that are now part of our Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness began in 1902. That year, Gen. C.C. Andrews, the Minnesota forestry commissioner, persuaded the U.S. Land Office to withdraw from homesteading 500,000 acres in what is now the Boundary Waters. From 1905 to 1908, the Land Office withdrew another 659,700 acres. This farsighted action paid off handsomely when President Theodore Roosevelt created the Superior National Forest in 1909. The Boundary Waters spreads across 1.1 million acres of this spectacular 3-million-acre National Forest. Now, our government has undertaken study of another sort of land withdrawal to protect the Boundary Waters. >>Read More.


           

Protest shuts down Line 3 construction

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Protesters identifying themselves as water protectors shut down construction for roughly two hours on a section of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement outside Superior on Monday. The event was broadcast and shared on social media, showing vehicles carrying a few dozen protesters as they arrived at around noon to what an Enbridge spokeswoman described as a 12.5-mile segment of the new line that runs along Douglas County Road W. Some protesters wore masks covering their faces and could be seen in videos locking themselves to heavy equipment. Others were overheard telling workers to “go home early,” “stop destroying our mother” and “we’re here to protect the water.” >>Read More.


           

REVOLutioning lettuce, Medford greenhouse bringing the freshest greens

(From Owatanna People’s Press) — Do you know where you lettuce is coming from? In the summer time, chances are it is being grown right in your neck of the woods. As farm-to-table continues to grow more and more popular, people are opting for the “locally grown” section in their grocery stores more often than not. But what happens when our Minnesota summer fades into the white tundra of winter? When the environment is no longer suitable for growing, nearly all the lettuce in the United States is grown in California and Arizona. Once it is harvested, it is packaged and then placed on a truck for a cross-country road trip to our local grocery stores. >>Read More.


                

BAM in Bemidji: Bicycling Around Minnesota makes a stop on tour

(From Bemidji Pioneer) — About 300 cyclists traveled from Walker to Bemidji on Thursday for the Bicycling Around Minnesota 2017 Tour. After the 64-mile trek, more than 200 of them set up camp at the Lake Bemidji waterfront and others are staying in hotels for the 12th annual event. The cyclists will travel to Park Rapids Friday, from there to Staples on Saturday and end back in Walker on Sunday. While in Bemidji, they’ll visit the Beltrami County History Center, the Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji Brewing and also have a concert at the waterfront. Bicycling Around Minnesota also donated a bike rack to the city of Bemidji. “Cycling in North Central Minnesota is one of the most popular tours we do,” said BAM Tour Director Mary Derks in a press release. >>Read More.


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2. What state park, known for its namesake lake, is our oldest and second-largest?
 

3. What mammal forms part of the Ojibwe name for that lake?


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MEP Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule Letter

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August 25th, 2017

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Larry Gunderson
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
larry.gunderson@mn.state.us

Dear Mr. Gunderson, 

We, the undersigned organizations, thank you for the opportunity to provide written comment on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s proposed two-part Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule.

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Groundwater Protection Act of 1989

The 1989 Groundwater Protection Act established the state goal that “groundwater be maintained in its natural condition, free from any degradation caused by human activities.[1] For agricultural chemicals including nitrogen fertilizer, implementation is led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Despite comprehensive promotion of nitrogen fertilizer BMPs throughout the state since the Act’s passage, voluntary BMPs have proven insufficient to prevent surface water and groundwater contamination from agricultural sources across the state.  

Nitrate pollution in Minnesota

Groundwater contamination is a serious concern in Minnesota, and contamination of public and private wells represents an imminent public health threat. The MDA notes that nearly 10% of MDA tested private wells in vulnerable areas are already above the Health Risk Limit (HRL), including some townships with 30-40% of private wells unsafe to drink.

Results from comprehensive state groundwater monitoring from 1985-2010 indicate that the rate of detection of nitrate in groundwater is between 50% – 99% of samples in all groundwater regions. Rates of detection and the share of samples in excess of the HRL have increased in 6 of the 7 tested groundwater regions of the state.[2]

 

% Detection

% Above HRL

Groundwater Region

1985- 1999

2000- 2010

% Increase

1985- 1999

2000- 2010

% Increase

Region 1 (Northwest)

6

50

44

0

8

+8

Region 4 (Central)

73

97

24

38

62

+24

Region 5 (East Central)

74

93

19

44

50

+6

Region 6 (West Central)

25

56

31

8

17

+9

Region 7 (Southwest)

34

56

22

6

29

+23

Region 8 (South Central)

18

62

44

7

19

+12

Region 9 (Southeast)

83

99

16

35

22

-13

The Groundwater Protection Act clearly states that if voluntary BMP adoption proves insufficient to achieve the goals of the Act, the MDA has authority to adopt mandatory requirements.”[3]

Given the state of groundwater contamination in Minnesota, we conclude that voluntary BMP adoption has proven ineffective. We strongly support the MDA’s decision to establish enhanced regulatory protections against nitrate contamination via the proposed rules.  

Comments on the Proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule
The MDA is proposing a two-part Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule: 

  • Part 1: The first part of the rule will apply to areas of the state overlying vulnerable groundwater. In these vulnerable groundwater areas, nitrogen fertilizer applications either in the fall or to frozen soils will have restrictions. We strongly support this portion of the draft rule.
  • Part 2: The second part of the rule will apply to areas where measured nitrate levels in drinking water are elevated and it has been determined that the nitrogen fertilizer Best Management Practices (BMPs) are not being adopted.

We respectfully submit the following comments detailing our concerns with Part 2 of the proposed rule, including the following:

  • Failure to protect all groundwater as required by the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act
  • Inappropriate mitigation level criteria
  • Reliance on profit-based nitrogen fertilizer best management practices (BMPs)
  • Slow pace of intervention

Failure to protect all groundwater resources
The MDA’s proposed rule fails to achieve the clearly stated non-degradation goal of the Groundwater Protect Act, and unreasonably limits application of the Groundwater Protection Act to drinking water resources instead of applying the law to protect all groundwater as directed by the Act.

  1. The MDA’s proposed rule fails to achieve the clearly stated non-degradation goal of the Groundwater Protect Act. The intent of the Act is to prevent groundwater degradation. Reducing pollution is simply not synonymous with preventing degradation. However, the MDA’s stated goal for the draft rule is to “…reduce nitrate in groundwater…”,[4] and proposes only to deploy Part 2 of the rule once groundwater has become contaminated. This approach is incompatible with the clearly stated goals of the Act.
  2. The MDA’s proposed rule unreasonably limits application of the Groundwater Protection Act to drinking water resources instead of applying the law to protect all groundwater as directed by the Act. Instead of applying the Act to all groundwater, the MDA’s approach appears to eliminate application of the Act in areas with significant groundwater contamination where shallow groundwater wells are not a source of public or private drinking water. The MDA has a responsibility to apply the law based on clearly established legislative intent, and must apply its authority to prevent groundwater contamination regardless of whether or not groundwater is used as a drinking water source.

Inappropriate mitigation level criteria

The thresholds for Level 3 & Level 4 mitigation level criteria for private wells are excessively lenient to the detriment of public health, economic growth, and the basic principles of fairness and accountability.

The draft rule, as written, limits the State’s ability to deploy regulatory mitigation criteria when profit-derived BMPs are being adopted, even if drinking water contamination levels continue to exceed the Health Risk Limit. The MDA is proposing to hamstring its own ability to deploy regulatory measures in the event of a public health crisis simply because a given percentage of farm operations have adopted BMPs that were never intended to prevent drinking water contamination in the first place[5], and which the MDA acknowledges are not sufficient to meet the goals of the Act.[6]

Reliance on profit-based nitrogen fertilizer best management practices (BMPs)

The MDA is proposing to use adoption rates of profit-based nitrogen fertilizer use recommendations as a substitute for actually achieving the goals of the Groundwater Protection Act and securing safe drinking water for all Minnesotans. 

The MDA is proposing to prohibit Level 3 & Level 4 regulatory intervention based on adoption rates of nutrient BMPs that were simply never intended to prevent drinking water contamination in the first place. The proposed BMPs were instead created to maximize farm profit even at application rates the state acknowledges lead to extremely high concentrations of nitrate in farm runoff.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Nutrient Fertilizer Management Plan (NRMP) states that “…in areas with highly vulnerable groundwater, the use of nitrogen fertilizer at the recommended rate, timing, source and placement…may not be enough to decrease the amount of nitrate leaching into groundwater to meet water quality goals.”[7]

The MDA has yet to provide any reasonable explanation as to how nitrogen fertilization rates that yield pollution concentrations in excess of the Health Risk Limit can possibly comply with the goals of the Groundwater Protection Act, let alone adequately protect public health.                           

Slow pace of intervention
The rule makes it clear that under the increasingly remote scenario where the MDA would choose to intervene with Level 3 & Level 4 mitigation, it plans to do so at an alarmingly slow pace. The rule prescribes a lengthy mitigation level evaluation process that takes at least 3 years if not far longer to implement. Requiring such a time-consuming and expensive multi-step process simply to further encourage farm operations to apply fertilizer at their economically optimal rate poses an unfair risk to public health and drinking water quality throughout Minnesota.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the MDA’s proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule.

We look forward to working with the MDA and all water quality stakeholders to revise the current draft to better protect groundwater resources for all Minnesotans as required by the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act.

Sincerely,

Steve Morse
Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Sierra Club, North Star Chapter
League of Women Voters Minnesota
Izaak Walton League of America – Minnesota Division
Mankato Area Environmentalists
Save Our Blue Sky Waters
Clean up the River Environment
Minnesota Conservation Federation

[1] Min. Stat. 103H.001 Degradation Protection Goal. Available at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=103H.001

[2] Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2015. Nutrient Fertilizer Management Plan. Page 131.

[3] Minn. Stat. §§ 103H. 275, subd. 1 (b) and 103H.005, subd.14

[4] Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2017. Draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule Presentation. Slide 7. http://www.mda.state.mn.us/chemicals/fertilizers/nutrient-mgmt/nitrogenplan/mitigation/wrpr/wrprprocess/~/media/Files/chemicals/nfmp/nfrpresentation.pdf

[5] Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2015. Nutrient Fertilizer Management Plan. Page 41. Available at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/~/media/Files/chemicals/nfmp/nfmp2015.pdf

[6] Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2015. Nutrient Fertilizer Management Plan. Page 57. Available at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/~/media/Files/chemicals/nfmp/nfmp2015.pdf

[7] Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2015. Nutrient Fertilizer Management Plan. Page 57. Available at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/~/media/Files/chemicals/nfmp/nfmp2015.pdf

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Sustainability at the State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is only a few days away, and many of MEP’s friends and partners are preparing to join in the festivities in Falcon Heights with exhibits on sustainability, conservation, and a lot more! Environmental groups, state agencies, and sponsors from around Minnesota will bring food, entertainment, and knowledge to fairgoers, most prominently at the Eco Experience, held in the Progress Center at the east end of the fairgrounds.

The Eco Experience, organized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will feature displays and interactive events from state agencies. The Kick Gas exhibit will feature interactive games and demonstrations on transit, biking, and other clean transportation. The Reduce Reuse Recycle section will feature hands-on activities on how to reduce waste and repair broken items. And MEP associates, including Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, will be on hand to help visitors learn about solar energy and sustainable power.

For those who especially enjoy the State Fair’s culinary delights, there are many sustainable offerings – and learning opportunities! MEP member group Renewing the Countryside and partners will be holding a Healthy Local Food Exhibit at the Eco Experience, with demonstrations of organic food and booths about clean agriculture. And our friends at Fresh Energy will be offering a delicious new ice cream – Solar Honey Swirl – made with honey from bees living on solar array installations. Their exhibit can be found at the Horticulture building from August 24 through September 4.

The State Fair is a time-honored Minnesota tradition, and it’s a great moment to think about how we can choose sustainable food and energy for our future. If you have more tips on green events at the State Fair, or a great experience to share, connect with us on Twitter at @MEPartnership. On behalf of our coalition, we hope to see you there!



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Twin Cities teens paddle against pipelines

(From Bemidji Pioneer) — A group of Twin Cities teens who took to the water six days ago to protest a proposed oil pipeline stopped in Bemidji to spread their message Thursday evening. The six youths, who are between 14 and 18 years old, are paddling canoes 250 miles across northern Minnesota in an effort to raise awareness of their objections to the potential replacement of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3. “I really think it’s important that we have youth, and specifically indigenous youth, to lead this,” said 16-year-old Nolan Berglund of Minneapolis. “I’d like to stress that it is indigenous youth that are leading a lot of this because this is the land that our ancestors are on.” >>Read More.

Report: Enbridge Line 3 options all would have negative effects on American Indians

(From Star Tribune) — The final environmental impact statement for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project says it is not possible to determine whether the Canadian company’s proposed route would be the best option for American Indians in northern Minnesota. That’s because Enbridge’s route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on the bands, according to the report compiled by the state Department of Commerce. The report, released Thursday, also repeats some environmental concerns raised in a draft EIS released in the spring. >>Read More.


                
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TAKE ACTION: Protect Minnesota’s Drinking Water 

75% of Minnesotans get their drinking water from underground. That’s why the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act was passed to help prevent pollution of Minnesota’s groundwater and drinking water. Sadly, in the 28 years since the Act was passed, agricultural nitrate pollution in our groundwater has only become more severe.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is currently accepting public comments on its new draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. Unfortunately, the proposed rule falls far short of protecting our water. Click Here to learn about the rule and contact Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture – ask them to protect our drinking water and groundwater resources!

Dayton’s water quality meeting draws 200

(From Mankato Free Press) — Both the complexity of Minnesota’s water problems and the strong public interest in solving them were in evidence at a community water meeting hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton in Mankato Wednesday night. The event was the second of 10 “Water Town Hall” meetings Dayton and key commissioners are holding in all corners of the state this summer to build support and consensus for the governor’s plan to reduce water pollution by 25 percent by 2025. “This is such a crucial issue,” the governor told a crowd of 200 local government officials, farmers and environmentalists at Minnesota State University. “I know it’s just something Minnesota has to face up to, and most other states do.” >>Read More.

   


          

Comment period closes on mining moratorium

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Thursday marked the last day of an extended public comment period for people to weigh in on a U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to halt mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for at least two years, and conduct an environmental review of potential copper-mining impacts. The proposal has drawn both strong support and vigorous opposition for months, including at public hearings held in Duluth, St. Paul and Virginia. Backers of the moratorium gathered again in Duluth on Thursday to reiterate their support for the plan. >>Read More.


           

A brighter solution: Leech Lake unveils new solar panel arrays to benefit low income communities

(From Bemidji Pioneer) — The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe celebrated a big step forward Monday in its push for sustainability. At a ceremony, fittingly under sunny skies, Leech Lake officials and representatives from the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance unveiled a new solar array at the Prescott Community Center. The walls of solar panels at the community center are one of five spread throughout the reservation, with others at the Palace Casino, Leech Lake Tribal College, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance office in Pine River and a fifth in Jackson Village. >>Read More.


           

Southwest light rail project passes two more milestones – and gets a giant wall

(From Minnpost) — The Metro Transit staff that has been holding the Southwest Light Rail Transit project together through years of problems passed two major milestones this week. One was the opening of bids for the largest of the project’s construction contracts, which came after bidders requested a delay. The other was the finalization of agreements with two railroads to allow the use of their rail corridors for light rail tracks and stations. At a special meeting Wednesday, a unanimous Metropolitan Council approved the rail agreements and congratulated the staff for the work. Project staff will now move ahead on getting final approvals from the Federal Transit Administration and make formal application for a 50 percent federal match on the project — an amount that now stands at $928.8 million. >>Read More.


                

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Microplastics could pose big treatment challenges

(From MPR News) — A growing body of research has been documenting an emerging threat to Minnesota waters — tiny plastic particles found in everything from shampoo to fleece jackets. But even as we learn more about how prevalent these pollutants are, there’s still much we don’t know about their dangers or how to respond. So-called microplastics are tiny — less than 5 millimeters across. They can come from litter or plastic bags that break down over time. In some cases, they start out small, as microbeads added to products like facial soap and toothpaste. One of the biggest sources are plastic fibers from fleece jackets, athletic clothing, carpet and other synthetic fabric. >>Read More.


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Insider: August 11, 2017

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Native youth take the lead to protect Minnesota from pipeline

On Saturday, August 12, a team of indigenous youth will launch canoes in Itasca State Park, at the headwaters of the Mississippi, on a journey called Paddle to Protect. They’re a group on a mission to send a message to Enbridge and the State of Minnesota. That message: Line 3 attacks the rights and lives of the Ojibwe people, and it must be stopped. Paddle to Protect will travel over more than 250 miles of northern Minnesota, through wild rice waters and treaty lands that Line 3 would severely threaten.

Enbridge’s Line 3 proposal would construct an entirely new pipeline between Minnesota’s northwest corner and the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, nominally as a replacement to the aging Line 3 currently buried in the state. This line would pump extremely emissions-heavy oil from the Alberta tar sands through lands and waters where Ojibwe tribes maintain treaty rights to fish and harvest wild rice, which they depend on for income, health, and cultural use. A tar sands oil spill in those waters would devastate entire ecosystems. Enbridge has already begun construction on this pipeline in Manitoba and Wisconsin, encircling Minnesota, but it has yet to pass the review and permitting process our state requires.

Thanks to the efforts of youth like the Paddlers, this process has been much improved. On August 9, Governor Dayton announced that the deadline on the Environmental Impact Statement for Line 3 would be delayed to continue considering the enormous volume of comments received – more than 2,860 recorded by the Department of Commerce. And a group of youth, including some involved in Paddle to Protect, have been recognized as “intervenors,” meaning they will be able to participate in hearings and court decisions that will determine whether the pipeline will receive a permit. Thanks to these young people and indigenous-led organizations like Honor the Earth, a victory for Line 3 backers is far from a forgone conclusion.

For more information on Paddle to Protect and how Line 3 would impact Ojibwe communities, visit honorearth.organd stopline3.org/paddletoprotect, and check out the news coverage below.

Stop Line 3: Paddle to Protect campaign video
Bemidji Pioneer: Environmental activists hold concert to oppose pipelines
Star Tribune: Enbridge’s Line 3: Why 13 young Minnesotans launched a legal fight against a pipeline
Duluth News Tribune: Line 3 replacement getting spendier
MPR News: Minn. oil pipeline fight stokes threats, fears of Standing Rock
Duluth News Tribune: Line 3 environmental review release pushed back


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Governor seeks your ideas for improving water quality 

Governor Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to accelerate the pace of progress towards clean water. He announced a new “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal, aiming to spur collaboration and action to improve Minnesota’s water quality —  25% by the year 2025. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota’s waters is expected to improve only 6-8% by 2034.

Governor Dayton is seeking your ideas on how to improve water quality and is hosting a series of Town Halls over the summer and fall. For info on how to get involved, click the Act Now button.

EPA administrator stops in Fargo for closed roundtable on federal waters rule

(From Inforum) — Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended a closed-door roundtable discussion here Wednesday, Aug. 9, on the federal government’s proposed revision of the Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS. Attendees of the roundtable held at North Dakota State University included North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as well as representatives of a number of farm groups. After the roundtable, Pruitt left immediately without speaking to news reporters waiting outside the meeting room. >>Read More.


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Proposed Nitrogen Rule wouldn’t do enough for Minnesota waters

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is currently accepting public comments on its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which aims to reduce the amount of nitrate pollution in the state’s groundwater. Nitrate contamination is a serious issue that requires a robust response, and unfortunately, the proposed rule is severely watered-down. It would fail to protect currently uncontaminated groundwater, focusing only on already-impaired waters. It would have a needlessly long 3-year phase-in period after an already 26-year wait on nitrogen standards. And the mandatory best practices it enforces fall short of any meaningful reduction of nitrogen fertilizer use. For more information, take a look at this fact sheetproduced by our friends at MCEA.

Written comments will now be accepted until August 25, 2017 –  tell the MDA to adopt a rule that will actually benefit state waters!


                

Met Council chair: Southwest light rail work should start by 2019

(From MPR News) — The new Metropolitan Council chair hopes the transit agency will start construction on the Southwest light rail line — the agency’s most ambitious project — by early 2019. DFL Gov. Mark appointed Alene Tchourumoff as Met Council chair in June. In an interview Thursday with MPR News host Tom Weber, Tchourumoff laid out what she called a bipartisan agenda for transportation and infrastructure, including the new light rail line. By the time Dayton’s term ends in early 2019, Tschourumoff said she hopes “we will have started the construction of Southwest LRT, we’ll have sustainable funding for transit, and we will have elevated the dialogue and discussion around our convening role in water, in particular.” >>Read More.

          

Electric vehicles and rewewables: the PB&J of the energy world

(From MinnPost, by Fresh Energy senior policy associate Andrew Twite) — Electric vehicles and renewable energy are like peanut butter and jelly: They’re great on their own, but they’re so much better together. Electric vehicles save money and are better for the environment, and wind energy is the lowest-cost way to make electricity in Minnesota. When combined, renewable energy makes electric vehicles cleaner and cheaper, and, at the same time, electric vehicles can help integrate variable renewable electricity generation. >>Read More.

Rural sustainability

(From The Timberjay) — The building is clean, the floors are waxed, and the vision behind a remarkable effort at rural sustainability is taking physical form as the folks behind the Orr Recreation and Resource Center prepare for their second annual Homesteading and Sustainable Lifestyles Expo, set for Aug. 19-20, in Orr. It’s been a busy year at the ORR Center, thanks to a small army of volunteers, donations, grants, and their energetic field marshal Wendy Purdy, who makes sure everything and everyone keeps moving in the right direction. Wendy and her husband Jeff were busy working at the center this week, hoping to show off some of the progress they’ve made since the last expo. Jeff was up on the expansive flat roof of the former Orr School building, which now houses the center. He’s making the final connections on an 11.8-kilowatt solar array that will provide a bit over half of the center’s electrical needs. >>Read More.


           

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Frank Family Farms honored at fair for its conservation efforts; Mower County operation uses strip tillage and more

(From Austin Daily Herald) — Farming in the headwaters of Rose Creek has presented soil-erosion challenges to the Frank family while operating 1,100 acres for corn, soybeans and hay near Dexter. “We believe a big part of being farmers is to be good stewards of what God has given us to be in charge of,” Tom Frank said. “That is not only doing our best to run a profitable, sustainable farming operation but also to care for the land.” For its efforts, Frank Family Farms is the 2017 Conservationist of the Year for Mower County as chosen by Mower Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors. >>Read More.

                

St. Louis County passes bee-friendly policy

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Minnesota’s largest county will avoid the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and will plant bee- and butterfly-friendly native plants when possible under a resolution approved by the St. Louis County board Tuesday. The board unanimously passed the resolution that calls for county actions to bolster pollinator populations “and provide the framework for pollinator-friendly policies in St. Louis County.” Scientists have linked the use of certain pesticides containing neonicotinoids and the huge decline in pollinators such as native bees, domestic honeybees and butterflies. Butterflies, especially monarchs, also are facing a habitat issue, with critically important milkweed being nudged out of rural areas by heavy use of herbicides and cropland expansion. >>Read More.


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Director of Public Affairs | Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness

Executive Director, Southwest | Regional Sustainable Development Partnership University of Minnesota Extension – Apply by August 21

Land Protection Specialist MN, ND, SD | The Nature Conservancy – Apply by August 24

Part-time Fellow, Energy Policy Research | Fresh Energy 

Healthy Local Food Exhibit Staff | Renewing the Countryside

Forestry Policy Research Internship | Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness – Apply by August 18

State Policy Community Organizer | Land Stewardship Project

State Director | Environment Minnesota

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Insider: August 4, 2017

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   photo credit: MPCA

EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules

On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by the EPA in 2015, is meant to counteract ozone pollution, and is widely supported by health and environmental groups. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had planned in June to delay the rule by one year, but following strong pushback and a lawsuit by the attorneys general of Minnesota and 14 other states, the agency released a statement that recognized the states’ concerns and said it would tentatively move forward.

It’s encouraging to see the EPA respecting the needs of states and organization concerned about keeping our air clean and breathable. And it’s great to see our state taking leadership in defense of this important smog standard. We know that Minnesotans don’t want to see protections for our air and water rolled back – and it’s on us to make sure that the federal government is listening!


           


photo credit: NASA

The Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone is the biggest ever seen

(From MPR News) — It’s become a rite of summer. Every year, a “dead zone” appears in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an area where water doesn’t have enough oxygen for fish to survive. And every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) commissions scientists to venture out into the Gulf to measure it. This week, NOAA announced that this year’s dead zone is the biggest one ever measured. It covers 8,776 square miles — an area the size of New Jersey. And it’s adding fuel to a debate over whether state and federal governments are doing enough to cut pollution that comes from farms. The debate actually goes back many years, at least to 1985, when Don Scavia was a top scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. >>Read More.


photo credit: MPCA

Red River water quality ‘generally poor’, Minnesota officials say

(From Inforum) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says water quality in the Red River watershed is “generally poor,” and recommends changes along the Red and its tributaries to trim levels of fecal coliform bacteria and sediments, reduce erosion, and improve habitat for fish and for recreational uses. Monitoring of the Red between Georgetown and Breckenridge — including Moorhead — found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and suspended solids from field runoff and erosion, the MPCA said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 2. “Water quality in the watershed is generally poor, reflecting intensely cultivated land use, changes to streams to increase drainage, intensive drainage,” and a lack of vegetation to act as buffers for many wetlands and streams in the watershed, the agency said. >>Read More.

Act Now

Governor seeks your ideas for improving water quality 

Governor Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to accelerate the pace of progress towards clean water. He announced a new “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal, aiming to spur collaboration and action to improve Minnesota’s water quality —  25% by the year 2025. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota’s waters is expected to improve only 6-8% by 2034.

Governor Dayton is seeking your ideas on how to improve water quality and is hosting a series of Town Halls over the summer and fall. For info on how to get involved, click the Act Now button.



photo credit: The Land Institute

Kernza Field Day in Madison, MN August 10

Registration is open for the Kernza Field Day at the A-Frame Farm in Madison, where visitors can learn about this beneficial wheatgrass. Researched by the Land Institute and the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative, Kernza is being developed as a commercially viable crop that prevents soil erosion and improves the water health of areas where it is grown. This event is free with registration and will feature a tour of Carmen Fernholz’s farm and light refreshments.


                

Emmer bill would reinstate Twin Metals leases

(From The Timberjay) — New legislation introduced in Washington would reinstate mineral leases for a proposed mine near Ely and weaken the authority of the president to protect federal lands in Minnesota. The legislation, introduced July 25 by Republican Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer, would reverse a decision announced by the Obama administration last December , which denied renewal of two mineral leases critical to a plan by Twin Metals to open a copper-nickel mine southeast of Ely. The bill would also end an ongoing study of a proposed 20-year withdrawal of 234,000 acres of federal land within the Superior National Forest from the federal minerals leasing program. >>Read More.

          

Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

(From Star Tribune) — The state’s standard for the biodiesel blend will double to 20 percent at gas pumps next May, a decision that displeased trucking industry advocates. The announcement made public by state commissioners at Farmfest in Redwood Falls has been in the works for a long time and was solidified last week. “B20 will help keep Minnesota at the forefront of the homegrown clean energy revolution that is expanding economic opportunities for the state’s farmers and rural communities while reducing pollution and improving air quality for everyone,” Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said. >>Read More.


           

Line 3 replacement getting spendier

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Enbridge says its Line 3 replacement pipeline is getting more expensive in the wake of regulatory delays and changes to the project. The proposed oil pipeline is now set to cost $6.5 billion, which is 9 percent higher than previous estimates. “(The increase) primarily reflects delays in the regulatory process, scope changes and route modifications as well as other changes that resulted from the extensive consultation process,” Enbridge said in a news release Tuesday, noting that a strong American dollar and lower operating costs will “fully offset” the higher building costs. (A figure of $7.5 billion used in some previous reports was in Canadian dollars.) >>Read More.

Nebraska regulators block testimony ahead of Keystone XL hearings

(From Reuters) —  Nebraska regulators weighing the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline have ruled that opponents of the project cannot use one of their best arguments against it in final hearings next week: that America does not need the oil. The state’s five-member Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold court-like hearings on Aug. 7 to 11 before deciding whether to approve the project’s route, marking the final hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump gave it federal approval in March. >>Read More.

 

                

‘Bee Atlas’ comes to BSU: University hosts program to help support healthy bee populations

(From Bemidji Pioneer) —  Kevin Williams pointed at a large white strip in central California on a map of the United States. The strip, in contrast to larger, bluer swathes of the map, indicated that there was a low abundance of wild bees there. “That’s where the almonds are growing,” Williams, a facilitator from the University of Minnesota Extension, said as some attendees at Wednesday’s “Bee Atlas” at BSU nodded. Many of the bee-sparse areas, Williams noted, corresponded to places with a lot of agriculture — up the Mississippi River, and into Illinois, Ohio, the Dakotas and Greater Minnesota — and beekeepers across the country can make a hefty sum strategically transporting their bees to pollinate crops there, but that also makes it easy for diseases to fester and spread. >>Read More.


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Director of Public Affairs | Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness

Executive Director, Southwest | Regional Sustainable Development Partnership University of Minnesota Extension

Land Protection Specialist MN, ND, SD | The Nature Conservancy

Part-time Fellow, Energy Policy Research | Fresh Energy 

Healthy Local Food Exhibit Staff | Renewing the Countryside

Forestry Policy Research Internship | Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

State Policy Community Organizer | Land Stewardship Project

Director | Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

State Director | Environment Minnesota

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Copyright © 2017
546 Rice Street, Suite 100, Saint Paul, MN 55103
www.mepartnership.org
 

The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) is a coalition of more than 70 environmental and conservation organizations working together for clean water, clean energy, and protection of our Great Outdoors.

 

Insider: August 4, 2017

Posted by

Environmental Insider is brought to you by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership

   photo credit: MPCA

EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules

On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by the EPA in 2015, is meant to counteract ozone pollution, and is widely supported by health and environmental groups. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had planned in June to delay the rule by one year, but following strong pushback and a lawsuit by the attorneys general of Minnesota and 14 other states, the agency released a statement that recognized the states’ concerns and said it would tentatively move forward.

It’s encouraging to see the EPA respecting the needs of states and organization concerned about keeping our air clean and breathable. And it’s great to see our state taking leadership in defense of this important smog standard. We know that Minnesotans don’t want to see protections for our air and water rolled back – and it’s on us to make sure that the federal government is listening!


           


photo credit: NASA

The Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone is the biggest ever seen

(From MPR News) — It’s become a rite of summer. Every year, a “dead zone” appears in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an area where water doesn’t have enough oxygen for fish to survive. And every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) commissions scientists to venture out into the Gulf to measure it. This week, NOAA announced that this year’s dead zone is the biggest one ever measured. It covers 8,776 square miles — an area the size of New Jersey. And it’s adding fuel to a debate over whether state and federal governments are doing enough to cut pollution that comes from farms. The debate actually goes back many years, at least to 1985, when Don Scavia was a top scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. >>Read More.


photo credit: MPCA

Red River water quality ‘generally poor’, Minnesota officials say

(From Inforum) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says water quality in the Red River watershed is “generally poor,” and recommends changes along the Red and its tributaries to trim levels of fecal coliform bacteria and sediments, reduce erosion, and improve habitat for fish and for recreational uses. Monitoring of the Red between Georgetown and Breckenridge — including Moorhead — found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and suspended solids from field runoff and erosion, the MPCA said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 2. “Water quality in the watershed is generally poor, reflecting intensely cultivated land use, changes to streams to increase drainage, intensive drainage,” and a lack of vegetation to act as buffers for many wetlands and streams in the watershed, the agency said. >>Read More.

Act Now

Governor seeks your ideas for improving water quality 

Governor Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to accelerate the pace of progress towards clean water. He announced a new “25 by 25” Water Quality Goal, aiming to spur collaboration and action to improve Minnesota’s water quality —  25% by the year 2025. Without additional action, the quality of Minnesota’s waters is expected to improve only 6-8% by 2034.

Governor Dayton is seeking your ideas on how to improve water quality and is hosting a series of Town Halls over the summer and fall. For info on how to get involved, click the Act Now button.



photo credit: The Land Institute

Kernza Field Day in Madison, MN August 10

Registration is open for the Kernza Field Day at the A-Frame Farm in Madison, where visitors can learn about this beneficial wheatgrass. Researched by the Land Institute and the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative, Kernza is being developed as a commercially viable crop that prevents soil erosion and improves the water health of areas where it is grown. This event is free with registration and will feature a tour of Carmen Fernholz’s farm and light refreshments.


                

Emmer bill would reinstate Twin Metals leases

(From The Timberjay) — New legislation introduced in Washington would reinstate mineral leases for a proposed mine near Ely and weaken the authority of the president to protect federal lands in Minnesota. The legislation, introduced July 25 by Republican Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer, would reverse a decision announced by the Obama administration last December , which denied renewal of two mineral leases critical to a plan by Twin Metals to open a copper-nickel mine southeast of Ely. The bill would also end an ongoing study of a proposed 20-year withdrawal of 234,000 acres of federal land within the Superior National Forest from the federal minerals leasing program. >>Read More.

          

Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

(From Star Tribune) — The state’s standard for the biodiesel blend will double to 20 percent at gas pumps next May, a decision that displeased trucking industry advocates. The announcement made public by state commissioners at Farmfest in Redwood Falls has been in the works for a long time and was solidified last week. “B20 will help keep Minnesota at the forefront of the homegrown clean energy revolution that is expanding economic opportunities for the state’s farmers and rural communities while reducing pollution and improving air quality for everyone,” Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said. >>Read More.


           

Line 3 replacement getting spendier

(From Duluth News Tribune) — Enbridge says its Line 3 replacement pipeline is getting more expensive in the wake of regulatory delays and changes to the project. The proposed oil pipeline is now set to cost $6.5 billion, which is 9 percent higher than previous estimates. “(The increase) primarily reflects delays in the regulatory process, scope changes and route modifications as well as other changes that resulted from the extensive consultation process,” Enbridge said in a news release Tuesday, noting that a strong American dollar and lower operating costs will “fully offset” the higher building costs. (A figure of $7.5 billion used in some previous reports was in Canadian dollars.) >>Read More.

Nebraska regulators block testimony ahead of Keystone XL hearings

(From Reuters) —  Nebraska regulators weighing the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline have ruled that opponents of the project cannot use one of their best arguments against it in final hearings next week: that America does not need the oil. The state’s five-member Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold court-like hearings on Aug. 7 to 11 before deciding whether to approve the project’s route, marking the final hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump gave it federal approval in March. >>Read More.

 

                

‘Bee Atlas’ comes to BSU: University hosts program to help support healthy bee populations

(From Bemidji Pioneer) —  Kevin Williams pointed at a large white strip in central California on a map of the United States. The strip, in contrast to larger, bluer swathes of the map, indicated that there was a low abundance of wild bees there. “That’s where the almonds are growing,” Williams, a facilitator from the University of Minnesota Extension, said as some attendees at Wednesday’s “Bee Atlas” at BSU nodded. Many of the bee-sparse areas, Williams noted, corresponded to places with a lot of agriculture — up the Mississippi River, and into Illinois, Ohio, the Dakotas and Greater Minnesota — and beekeepers across the country can make a hefty sum strategically transporting their bees to pollinate crops there, but that also makes it easy for diseases to fester and spread. >>Read More.


Upcoming Environmental Events


Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Director of Public Affairs | Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness

Executive Director, Southwest | Regional Sustainable Development Partnership University of Minnesota Extension

Land Protection Specialist MN, ND, SD | The Nature Conservancy

Part-time Fellow, Energy Policy Research | Fresh Energy 

Healthy Local Food Exhibit Staff | Renewing the Countryside

Forestry Policy Research Internship | Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

State Policy Community Organizer | Land Stewardship Project

Director | Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

State Director | Environment Minnesota

See all job postings

 


Follow Us

   

Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Copyright © 2017
546 Rice Street, Suite 100, Saint Paul, MN 55103
www.mepartnership.org
 

The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) is a coalition of more than 70 environmental and conservation organizations working together for clean water, clean energy, and protection of our Great Outdoors.