Protecting The Great Lakes and Minnesota's Water

Protecting our Great Lakes: As a leading member of the Healing Our Waters coalition, we are working to protect the Great Lakes we love and clean them up for future generations to enjoy.

Putting Drinking Water First: We are making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.

Aquatic Invasive Species: We are strategically focused on reducing the risk of introduction of new aquatic invasive species.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Great Lakes Compact: Curbing Reckless Water Withdrawal

We all should be able to enjoy Lake Superior for generations to come. Unfortunately, the waters of Lake Superior are at risk of being sold to the highest bidder.

pesticide being applied to fields. photo: shutterstock, Stockr

Minnesota’s Buffer Bill: We Need More “Roots on the Ground”

One of the greatest threats to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams comes in the form of excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices.

Freighter on the Great Lakes

Keeping Invasive Species Out: Better Ballast Water Standards

A recent study by Notre Dame University found that invasive species brought in by ocean-going ships may cost the Great Lakes region over $200 million per year.

Groups: Obama Administration Rule Will Better Protect Minnesota Waters

State conservation groups strongly support a new federal rule, announced today by the Obama Administration, which aims to better protect U.S. waters from pollution and destruction, including those in Minnesota.

From We All Live Downstream

A garden
May 2, 2018

It took awhile, but it seems spring is finally here!  In pursuit of creating a beautiful lawn and garden, many people unknowingly contaminate nearby lakes, rivers, and streams with fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Before you pull the lawn mower out of storage and get to work, you should know that what you do in your yard has a direct and indirect effect on the quality of our water. How long you cut your grass, how often you cut it, how much water and fertilizer you use and what you do with the grass clippings all impact the amount of pollution that ends up in our water.

Minnesota State Capitol-Drew Geraets
April 24, 2018

We are halfway through the Minnesota 2018 legislative session and it’s been made clear that some of our lawmakers are not willing to put our environment and public health first. They are placing policies that ignore science and weaken protections for our land, air, and water before people.

Water droplet-John Jones
April 17, 2018

Clean water and public health are top priorities for us over at Clean Water Action which is why we are at the frontlines fighting for these issues in our State Capitol. We believe that access to clean, healthy and safe drinking water is the basis of health and wellbeing for everyone. For us, it all begins with water.

In order to put our drinking water first, we need our elected and appointed government officials to get on board by making smart decisions that protect our drinking water sources. However, this hasn’t been the case in our beautiful state.