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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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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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Exploring and Protecting Our Great River

Minnesotans Mike Crowley and his wife Kate are exploring, writing, and talking about the Mississippi River. In 2010, they trekked more than 1550 miles around Lake Superior, acting on their growing concern for freshwater resources. 

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Nitrogen pollution widespread in southern Minnesota waters, report finds

Nitrogen contamination in the southern half of Minnesota is so severe that 27 percent of the state’s lakes and rivers could not be used as drinking water, according to a new and unexpectedly blunt assessment of the state’s most prevalent form of water pollution.

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