News & Insights
Lebanon Hills
photo courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

While everyone knows that trash is no good for lakes and rivers, many people aren’t aware that “natural” debris—leaves, grass clippings, and pet waste—are all pollution when they enter our water resources.


The state now has an official state bee and a program to help it and other pollinators thrive.

Girl with umbrella smiles and reaches out
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

The bill provides funding to the Minnesota DNR to help schools and community groups—particularly in areas with high percentages of kids living in apartments or urban environments—pay for field trips and opportunities for children to get outdoors.

photo courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
by Anna Richey, Southern MN Regional Manager

With the visionary and strategic transition Rochester is prepared to make in the next ten years, it could become a pioneer in energy in the same way it’s long been a pioneer in medical innovation and computer technology.

Kids pour water from a bucket into a container
by Anna Richey, Southern MN Regional Manager

While some environmental issues like clean energy and clean water initiatives weren’t successful this year, one piece of legislation that united Minnesotans within and outside the Capitol was No Child Left Inside (HF 133).

photo courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

I recently attended a town hall meeting focusing on climate and energy issues in Shorewood, Minnesota.

by Keely Cervantes, Regional Manager - East Metro

On July 9th, over 30 residents and Stillwater area community members gathered together to speak about the future of clean energy and how to move their energy goals forward.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Cattail Lake
by Avery Hildebrand, Regional Manager - Southeast Metro

Throughout my time working in the Southeast Metro on state and local conservation issues, I’ve noticed a trend: Dakota County has proven their desire to engage the community they serve.

Lucy, around age 12, on a family canoe trip in northern MN
by Lucy McCurdy, Summer Intern 2019

At eight years old, on my first canoe camping trip through the Boundary Waters, I tipped my little brother in the water when he made the mistake of standing up in our canoe mid-lake.

Lake Cornelia
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

The City of Edina and the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District are launching a new joint project to help clean up the lake and protect its water quality for the future.