Dave Dempsey

More Proof:  Jobs and Conservation Are Partners

More Proof: Jobs and Conservation Are Partners

Not that any more proof is needed, but a report released in March by the National Park Service (NPS) underscores the connection between jobs and conservation in Minnesota. The report (http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2012_final_nrss.pdf) finds that Minnesota’s five NPS units in 2012 drew … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Mining

Another Kind of Mining

While a fierce debate continues to rage over proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, another kind of mining that affects the entire state is attracting relatively little notice.  The resource being mined is groundwater, and as National Groundwater Awareness Week … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Mining

Another Kind of Mining

While a fierce debate continues to rage over proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, another kind of mining that affects the entire state is attracting relatively little notice.  The resource being mined is groundwater, and as National Groundwater Awareness Week (March … Continue reading

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It’s a Refund, Not a Fee

It’s a Refund, Not a Fee

In recent news coverage about the proposed beverage container recycling refund backed by Conservation Minnesota, a misleading word has been creeping into headlines.  “10-cent bottle fee: Slam dunk for environment or consumer nuisance?” asked one. Let’s nip that weed at … Continue reading

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Urban Legends of the Environmental Kind

Urban Legends of the Environmental Kind

It’s a new year and a fresh start.  When it comes to environmental protection, 2014 brings the opportunity to wipe the slate clean of a few urban legends. Although the precise origin of the term “urban legend” is unknown, it … Continue reading

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What’s the Use of Utilization?

What’s the Use of Utilization?

There’s a park in my neighborhood that features woods, a pond, a picnic shelter and both paved and dirt pathways.  Most days, only a few dozen people use it.  Is it worth preserving in its current state? It’s not a … Continue reading

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The Endangered Zone

The Endangered Zone

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed threatened and endangered species status for two species of butterflies found in Minnesota.  The Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling are in trouble because of dwindling habitat. But would their loss mean anything … Continue reading

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What’s convenient, cheap and achieves a 95% recycling rate?

What’s convenient, cheap and achieves a 95% recycling rate?

It’s a beverage container deposit.  As a former resident of Michigan, I can attest to the success of that state’s deposit law.  Soda pop and beer containers carry a 10-cent deposit (really a recycling refund), and consumers can redeem the … Continue reading

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The Power of Wind

The Power of Wind

On a recent trip to southwest Minnesota to examine two gifts of Minnesota’s past, I was happy to observe a gift to the future – the biggest array of wind turbines I’ve ever seen.  It was a fresh reminder that … Continue reading

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Dog Days

Dog Days

The heat is on.  We’re in the middle of what is normally the warmest weather of the year.  Called the dog days, based on an old Roman association between hot weather and the prominence of Sirius, the Dog Star, this … Continue reading

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Protecting the Environment is No Job-Killer

Protecting the Environment is No Job-Killer

A cliché is supposed to contain a speck of wisdom.  One exception is the tired refrain that strong environmental protection policies damage the economy.  The next time you hear that, point out that numerous studies demonstrate otherwise. One of the … Continue reading

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Sentinels of Spring

Sentinels of Spring

Two sounds have always lifted the heart of this almost-lifelong suburban dweller as the snow fades – and this year comes back, again and again.  As winter relaxes its grip on 2013 at a tortuously slow pace, I have awaited … Continue reading

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A History of Hope

A History of Hope

A community group recently asked me to speak about environmental history.  What is it?  Why is it important? At least one answer is that it is a history of hope. Minnesota is quietly passing through the 50th anniversary of a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Public Land

The Gift of Public Land

In the middle of a morning walk with my dog the other day through a woodlot of snow-draped trees two thoughts rose up in me like the warming February sun: There is great beauty just outside the front door if … Continue reading

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The Value of Clean Water Proven Again

The Value of Clean Water Proven Again

Anyone who thinks a clean environment doesn’t have tangible value has fresh homework to do.  The textbook is the just-released Sportfishing in America, which turns into very tangible numbers the value of clean water in Minnesota. Published by the American … Continue reading

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