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Man in cornfield with an ear of corn
by David Pelikan, Policy Associate

The agriculture industry in Minnesota has a large impact on the health of our environment and economy, and we believe a strong omnibus with provisions that protect and strengthen our waters, lands, and communities would be a vital use of our historic budget surplus. Conservation Minnesota submitted the following letter in support of HF4366, the Omnibus for Agriculture, Housing, and Broadband.

many people talking to each other in a conference room
Sharing ideas, sparking innovation, and advancing conservation at the Environmental Commissions Conference 2022
by John Anderson, Local Government Program Manager

What happens in St. Paul and Washington DC matters, it’s important to remember that much of the work that protects the Minnesota we love is happening at the local level in communities across the state. Conservation Minnesota is the only organization currently hosting gatherings of environment commission members from across the state.

smiling woman holds glass of water
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Minnesota small towns and urban areas alike are at risk for having lead-contaminated drinking water. Bipartisan bills to pay for lead service line replacement have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, and federal grants could be made available to Minnesota communities, but state legislators need to get bills across the finish line before the session ends on May 23rd.

Dog at Battle Creek Park
Battle Creek Park in Saint Paul
by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager

In 2019, Conservation Minnesota played a crucial role, alongside our national partners, in helping to permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). On May 6th Secretary Haaland visited St. Paul’s Midway Peace Park to announce that $61 million of ORLP grants will be distributed this year to 26 metro areas across the country with three Minnesota parks slated to receive $9 million each. 

Bee on a dandelion
Dandelions are an important food source for bees in early spring!
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

The perfectly manicured, clean-cut lawn has been a symbol of the American Dream since the 1800s. But a new trend from across the pond might change that. The No Mow May campaign allows homeowners to rethink yard maintenance while helping the environment. 

Child drinks a glass of water
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

As Minnesotans, we pride ourselves on taking care of our communities and being at the forefront of public health. But we have overlooked a critical issue: safe drinking water. Minnesota has the tenth-highest number of lead pipes of all states.

Saint Paul Capitol at sunset
by David Pelikan, Policy Associate

This week, legislators return from their mid-session break to begin negotiating final omnibus bills and a bonding bill. Here’s an update on where the Legislature stands at half-time.

oak tree leafs out in spring
Branch out on Earth Day!
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Born out of a movement to build awareness of pollution, Earth Day is a day to act for the environment. From its origin in 1970, it has grown into modern environmentalism today, bringing together over 1 billion people each year to work for the home we all share. Here are some easy ways to start out the season in support of the Earth this Friday, April 22.

Taking out the recycling
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

In the world of disposable masks and takeout bags—we built up a lot of waste. In 2020 the amount of garbage that ended up in landfills increased by over 30%. MN's SCORE program provides counties with grants to address waste through reuse and recycling. Today SCORE is in jeopardy as over 30% of the solid waste management tax, the primary source of funding, is being diverted to the state’s General Fund instead of being used for its intended purpose. 

recycling collection center sign near park
by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

Increasing recycling and limiting waste is a vital aspect of protecting our environment and the people who rely on it. Conservation Minnesota is a strong supporter of returning diverted revenue from the solid waste management tax, back to counties for SCORE grants which can be used for recycling and composting. Last week, Policy Director Nels Paulsen presented to the House Environment committee in support of HF 2367.