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10,000 petitions delivered to protect Boundary Waters

Environment Minnesota staff delivered nearly 10,000 petition signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject applications for toxic sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Read more.

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Stormwater Runoff: The Pollution Engine

More frequent and intense thunderstorms are delivering more rainfall than the ground can absorb leading to agriculture and chemical pollution running off into Minnesota lakes and rivers.

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New law aims to make agencies accountable for clean water

The recently passed Clean Water Accountability Act utilizes new Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies or WRAPS which will shift the focus from individual lakes and streams to entire watersheds, increasing efficiency and saving money and time.

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New Study: Nation’s Energy System Threatened By Global Warming-Related Severe Weather

The country’s energy system is threatened by global warming-fueled severe weather events according to a new study released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy. This report builds on numerous other studies that have made it clear that global warming is real, it is already starting to have devastating effects on our communities, and those effects will only grow worse unless we cut emissions of the carbon pollution fueling global warming now.

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Minnesota's role in nitrate pollution

At stake: the safety of the state’s drinking water and the health of fish and other aquatic life in its rivers and streams. And far downstream, the future of the Gulf of Mexico, where the oxygen-deprived “dead zone” is linked to nitrogen compounds carried to it from the agricultural heartland via the Mississippi River.

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John Hoffman: Minnesota Legacy Amendments: Making our investment in clean water pay off

The Clean Water Accountability Act (CWAA) passed earlier this year works to cleanup waterways through more effective monitoring strategies, priority funding for non-point source pollution and clearer benchmarks and timetables. 

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