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

Green beer / photo: (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, but one custom that has always fascinated me is people's willingness to drink green beer.

Minnesota Capitol / photo: (CC BY 2.0)
January 9, 2017

As the 2017 legislative session opens up in St. Paul, we are focused on key priorities to protect our water, communities, and health.

Minnesota Capitol building (istock, fotoguy22)
May 31, 2016

As the brief 2016 legislative session ended, it was clear that this session would end like the 2015 legislative session did, riddled with missed opportunities to protect Minnesota’s environment and public health.