Water and Legislative Updates Blog

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By Trevor Russell
May 12, 2020

The recent commentary calls on the Legislature to drop a controversial “poison pill” provision that is blocking the use of an important dedicated environmental fund in Minnesota.  >>

May 11, 2020

While many of our lives have been disrupted, one thing remains alarmingly consistent: the Minnesota Senate is once again taking aim at Minnesota's bedrock environmental laws. Please take a moment to contact your Senator and ask them to remove the damaging provisions in the environment bill ASAP. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 11, 2020

For our environment and our economy, it's time to invest in Minnesota's aging water treatment systems and wastewater plants.

We're proud to be part of a new coalition of business, environment, local government and trade groups asking our state to #FixthePipesMN this session. Learn more and take action. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 8, 2020

Things we can't escape: death, taxes, and our Minnesota Senate majority trying to roll back environmental protections. This year, they've even brought back a groundwater "gag rule." Let's dive in and take action. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 7, 2020

A few months ago, Minnesota was looking at a sizable budget surplus. Now we've got a projected $2.4 billion deficit. What does that mean for clean water funding this legislative session?  >>

April 27, 2020

Funding from Minnesota's voter-approved Environmental Trust Fund is at risk this session. Ask your Senator to pass an Environment Trust Fund bill to keep important environmental projects up and running across the state before the clock runs out. >>

By Trevor Russell
April 27, 2020

It’s frustratingly familiar territory with a scary new twist: A recent attempt to raid the 2020 Environment Trust Fund threatens to cancel the entire $64M allocation this year — hurting all the research and habitat restoration projects and jobs it supports throughout the state. Let’s dive in. >>

By Trevor Russell
April 13, 2020

While uncertainty reigns supreme this legislative session, $300 million or more in clean water investments and a few pivotal river corridor projects remain in play as the governor and legislators approach a May 18th adjournment deadline. >>

By Colleen O'Connor Toberman
April 13, 2020

In these changing times, we have more questions than ever about whether Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan can deliver promised community benefits. The city has paused the public planning process but is continuing to seek state funds for First Avenue's concert venue on the site. >>

By Peter LaFontaine
April 8, 2020

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey has found some disturbing — but uneven — trends in American rivers over the last generation.  >>

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