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Pipeline plan – ethanol plant discharge could damage Blue Earth River

BLUE EARTH — A Fairmont ethanol plant’s plan to build a 20-mile pipeline that would daily discharge 500,000 gallons of treated water into the Blue Earth River is bringing opposition from those who say it is a step backward in attempts to clean up the river. See Full story here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Clinic Volunteers Needed (Metro Area and Central MN) There are many people living in Minnesota that have never tried ice fishing. MinnAqua needs volunteers to assist with a variety of ice fishing programs by sharing their knowledge and expertise with participants. Programs take place throughout the 7-county metro area. Duties may include set-up, […]

Experts Urge Legislature to Clean Up MN Waters

Lawmakers hope to provide a long-term solution for sustainable water. In collaboration with more than 200 experts, as well as other government organization and leaders, University of Minnesota professor and co-Director of the Water Resources Center Deborah Swackhamer has created a 25-year plan to help restore Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Full story here.

MN Funds New Reactor

Using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens, Sossina Haile hopes to change our energy future. The metal is cerium oxide—or ceria—and it is the centerpiece of a new technology developed by Haile and her colleagues that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels. Full […]

St. Paul buys all-electric utility trucks, plans 24 charging stations

The city estimates each vehicle would reduce annual carbon emissions by 3.5 tons and save $1,300 per year in fuel costs. Over a six-year period, the Transit Connect is estimated to cost $1,800 in electricity. Among the locations for the chargers will be RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center parking ramps and areas around the Union Depot. Hunt […]