Minnesota Drought: DNR Seeking $13M To Improve Water Quality, Keep Trees Healthy This year's historic drought is hurting two of Minnesota most important natural resources: water and trees.
Minnesota Warns EPA Against Crippling The State's AuthorityMinnesota officials have warned a federal agency that a proposal to streamline water quality laws would cripple their authority to protect drinking water, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year.
Experts Question Crane Lake Spending Millions On Water QualityA fight over tax dollars and accusations of government waste might be messier than the sewer pipes that started it all. So far, the tiny community of Crane Lake near the Canadian border has spent millions in the name of water quality, but some experts question if that spending is really necessary.
Judge Rejects Change To Minnesota's Water Quality Standard For Wild RiceA judge has rejected an attempt by regulators to change Minnesota's water quality standard for protecting wild rice.
Gov. Dayton Scales Back Buffer Law After GOP ObjectionsGov. Mark Dayton is telling environmental officials to back off private ditches as they start enforcing a new law to boost water quality. Passing stronger requirements for so-called buffers between crops and waterways was a major flashpoint at the Capitol last year.
Dayton Seeks $220M In Water Quality UpgradesGov. Mark Dayton still has water quality on his mind.
Copper-Nickel Mining, Water Quality & Carbon Lead State's Environmental AgendaMajor decisions on copper-nickel mining, water quality and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota's utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota's environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the scenes.
Dayton Looking To Feds For Water Quality Boost Gov. Mark Dayton is aiming to set up a program with the federal government to fund water quality improvement efforts in Minnesota.
Dayton Announces Statewide Water Quality SummitGov. Mark Dayton has announced plans to convene a statewide water quality summit in February. Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union.
30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
Special Session's Agenda Will Go Beyond EducationThe Democratic governor on Wednesday ramped up pressure on lawmakers to include funding for his No. 1 priority: a statewide pre-kindergarten program. He'll meet as early as next Tuesday with the Republican House Speaker to hammer out the agenda for the special session.
Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget BillA plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.
MPCA Seeks Volunteer Water Monitors The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. More than 1,300 Minnesotans volunteer to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs.
Farm Water Quality Event Set For Western MinnesotaFarmers in the Whiskey Creek area of western Minnesota are being invited to learn more about how they can help clean up the region's lakes and streams.
Vilsack To Launch Minn. Farm Water Quality ProgramAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Minnesota to launch a new pilot project offering farmers incentives to take steps to reduce water pollution from their operations. The USDA describes the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as the first of its type in the nation.