www.mnaction.org Thursday, April 24, 2014  

Protect Minnesota’s Clean Water Legacy

You can take action on this alert by reading the information below and following the directions at the bottom.

Issue

Major Funding Cuts Proposed for Minnesota’s Air, Water, and Land Protections.

Background

Minnesotans overwhelmingly support conservation, restoration and enhancement of our lakes, rivers, streams, prairies and forests. That is especially clear from Minnesotan’s overwhelming vote in favor of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008.

Instead of supporting Minnesota’s values on clean water, the Minnesota Senate and Minnesota House have advanced an unprecedented assault on environmental policy and funding in Minnesota. Your legislators need to hear from you today! Let them know that you do not support any efforts to unravel longstanding protections for Minnesota’s water.

Please contact your Senator and Representative and urge them to vote NO on the Omnibus Environment Finance bill!

BUDGET CUTS
Unfortunately, valuable funding to protect, restore and enhance Minnesota’s natural lands and waters is at risk this legislative session. Funding for Minnesota’s Great Outdoors will dip below it already small 1% proportion- a historic low. The Senate and House Omnibus Environmental funding bills dramatically reduce taxpayer support for natural resource protections by disproportionately cutting general fund dollars to environmental and conservation programs.

In addition, these bills include appropriations from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund that are not consistent with the recommendations of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

In the Senate, these cuts include:
• A 15% reduction in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources water programs budget
• A 30% in general fund support for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

In the House, these cuts include:
• A 29% reduction in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources water programs budget
• A 64% in general fund support for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

WATER POLICY ROLLBACKS
The Senate Environmental Finance Omnibus Bill weakens Minnesota’s environmental policy foundation by:
• Threatening the future of native wild rice, our state grain, by suspending sulfide pollution standards
• Weakening water quality standards for phosphorus on Lake Pepin
• Opening the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area to Unregulated Development
• Prohibiting further water rule making to protect our water
• Exempting large ethanol facilities from mandatory environmental review
• Weakening permitting standards for industrial factory feedlots

The House Environmental Finance Omnibus Bill weakens Minnesota’s environmental policy foundation by:
• Weakening water quality standards for wild rice, our state grain

More Info

Message To Be Sent To
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Your State Representative
Your State Senator
Message
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Vote “No” on the Environmental Omnibus Finance bill


Dear Representative,

When 1.6 million Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment in 2008, we sent a clear message that clean water is a priority.

However, the House and Senate Omnibus Environmental Finance bills dramatically reduce taxpayer support for water and outdoors protections by disproportionately cutting general fund dollars to environmental and conservation programs, well beyond the historic low of 1%.

This bill also includes a number of policy provisions that rollback longstanding clean water protections across Minnesota. This bill represents an unprecedented assault on environmental policy and funding in Minnesota.

Minnesotans value our lakes, rivers, and streams and our Great Outdoors. In order to ensure these great places are available for our future generations, we must ensure there is adequate funding today for conservation, protection and restoration of our lakes, rivers, streams, prairies and forests.

Please stand up for clean water by voting “No” on the Omnibus Environmental Finance bills.

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