Property owners in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, which includes most of Southwest, can now apply for grants to help pay for projects that protect local water resources. Those projects could include the installation of rain gardens or pervious pavers, eligible for grants of up to 50 percent of total project costs under the district’s Stormwater […]
DULUTH — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opens bids this week for mineral leases that would allow companies to prospect for precious metals across northern Minnesota, even if the owner of the surface land disagrees. Full story here. Update! Here.
A southwest Minnesota ethanol plant agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and take corrective action after the state found numerous violations of its pollution permits . . . Full story here.
Newly elected officials rejected 20 of 94 projects the group had approved just last year. … drive to redirect about $7.5 million in Minnesota State Lottery proceeds that had been tentatively been promised to other environmental projects over the next two years. See full article here.
New legislation hands the responsibility for environmental assessments to the corporations pushing the projects. . . Critics said portions of it weaken regulatory and environmental protections instead of simply streamlining procedures. . . . “We’re passing a bit of a pig in a poke here,” said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, a […]