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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.

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Protecting Minnesota’s waterways and wildlife.

In 2008, voters overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. This dedicated funding helps protect waterways, parks and wildlife habitat across the state. Environment Minnesota worked with a coalition of over 200 environmental, conservation and other organizations to talk to thousands of Minnesotans and make sure the amendment passed. We are now working to make sure the funds are used effectively to protect Minnesota's environment.

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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.

On July 29th, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards.

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Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Minnesota's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Minnesota's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across the country to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support.

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Putting solar to work for Minnesota.

Minnesota has more solar potential than Germany—the world's clean energy leader. We're part of a statewide coalition of more than 150 businesses and non-profits working to unleash that potential. We've helped introduce legislation that will ensure Minnesota gets 10 percent of its energy from solar by 2030. Solar energy is the future, and Environment Minnesota is leading the way.

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