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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Corporate Agribusiness and America's Waterways

Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Building Officials Approve Major Increase in Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Largely unnoticed  in the shadow of the midterm elections, the International Code Council—a body of building officials from local and state governments across the country—convened in Charlotte, North Carolina during the last week of October to make what is arguably the most significant energy policy decision of 2010.

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National Parks

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area provide miles of scenic bike trails, great opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, boating and swimming within a short drive of our state's major metropolitan area.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Minnesota's National Park Areas Under Threat from Underfunding

A new report, The Best of America: Under Threat from Underfunding released today by Environment Minnesota, shows that visitorship to various National Parks is on the rise. But even as most National Parks draw more and more visitors, they could face budget cuts in the coming year- leaving our treasured places with fewer resources for maintenance, upkeep and stewardship. 

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Runoff from old mines raises fears

Pollution problems near the Boundary Waters are raising concerns about future Minnesota mining projects. Environmental groups have found high concentrations of metals leaching into streams and wetlands from two long-closed sources: one old test mine and one abandoned mine. The pollution runs off waste rock excavated decades ago and piled at the sites.

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