Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Watershed moment?

Minnesota may be at a turning point for water quality

... to be easily collected. The abundance and species composition of the fish gives an indicator of water quality and helps assess the condition of the streams. HOLLY PETERSON

Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press

After a contentious debate at this year's Legislature, the way Minnesota protects its drinking water supplies is about to undergo changes that could have far-reaching impact. State and local leaders have proven tools, new enforcement powers and a dedicated source of funding. Those changes come as an annual stream of funding from the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment's Clean Water Fund is paying off.

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New $10M fund will protect Mississippi River

Star Tribune

The Minnesota Nature Conservancy is launching a $10 million fund dedicated to showing that the best way to protect the Mississippi River and the Twin Cities’ drinking water is to use nature itself. Over the next three years money will be raised to pay for targeted protections, such as conservation easements and streambank protections, around the Mississippi’s primary tributaries.

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Michigan releases first wetlands status report

Michigan Radio

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has released its first status report on the state's wetlands. You can think of wetlands as nature’s kidneys — they filter water. The report estimates that before European settlement, Michigan had 10.7 million acres. But since the early 1800s, the state has lost more than 4.2 million acres — primarily to farming and development.

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