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Concrete Beach Party draws attention to at-risk waterways.

Members of Environment Minnesota and Clean Water Action Minnesota held a concrete beach party in St. Paul to draw attention to a bill in the U.S. House that would put our state's waterways and drinking water at risk. Read more.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Congress to block protections for 47,000 stream miles in Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN.—nearly 47,000 stream miles in state across the state could remain vulnerable to development and pollution, under a bill expected to win approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected flow into the Mississippi River and Lake Superior, and help provide drinking water for over 970,000 Minnesotans.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Lake Calhoun and other waterways key to summer fun

Nearly 1.5 million fishing licenses were sold in Minnesota this summer, showing just one of the many ways that Minnesotans love using their waterways like The Mississippi River and Lake Calhoun, according to Environment Minnesota’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections for 51% of the state’s rivers and streams.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

South-Central Minnesotans Rally Around River Pollution Standards

On the heels of their “Clean Water Week of Action,” Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration, urging approval of river phosphorous standards proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the creation of comparable ones for nitrogen. The letter’s signatories included a host of students, professors, farmers, business owners, city officials, and concerned citizens from cities like Mankato, Saint Peter, and Northfield.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

New Report on Solar Energy in Minneapolis and other Major U.S. Cities

Environment Minnesota was joined outside City Hall by Councilmember Cam Gordon, and solar users Jim Frye and Dale Howey to release a report: Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution the first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar energy in major American cities.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. With solar module prices coming down, increasing national awareness of solar energy, and a growing legion of solar businesses large and small, solar power is emerging as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.

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