Conservation Minnesota

Summer 2013 Newsletter: Protecting Lakes and Rivers

Thumbnail-PaulThis year, you are one of more than 20,000 Minnesotans helping guide our work by taking our issue survey and sharing your conservation priorities.  During the legislative session that ended in May, more than 10,500 postcards, emails and phone calls were delivered to legislators and Governor Dayton on your behalf, urging them to address your priorities.  They didn’t go unnoticed.

You helped us protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and drinking water.  Here’s how:

  • The Clean Water Accountability Act – Provisions that improve accountability and clean up strategies for polluted waters were included in this year’s Legacy budget.
  • Protecting Shoreland – The DNR was authorized to create more protective guidelines for development along the Mississippi River and a new grant program provides incentives for local government to use more protective shoreland standards.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species – Increased funding for enforcement, research, and prevention.
  • Conserving Groundwater – New funding to monitor groundwater supplies and help communities manage groundwater resources effectively.

You helped make this possible.  I thank you for being such a big part of this important work.  Together, we can protect the Minnesota you love!



Paul Austin
Executive Director

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.

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