by Avery Hildebrand, Public Land & Outdoor Recreation Program Manager
I recently hosted a town hall event with legislators from Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount to discuss conservation issues. Senators Jim Carlson and Greg Clausen and Representatives Robert Bierman and John Huot were all kind enough to join us at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley to talk with constituents about their environmental concerns.
Today Governor Walz announced the new Clean Cars Minnesota, a set of clean car standards that will reduce air pollution from cars and trucks on Minnesota roads and improve access to electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.
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 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.