The idea is very simple and I touched on it before. The State must make a true and orchestrated effort to bring environmental data of the past to the 21st century. This would be like Wikipedia but with controls.
At the U of M the Forever Green initiative is leading the way in developing new cover crops and perennial crops that work in Minnesota's climate and developing markets for these crops. The U of M has the talent and infrastructure to move this work forward dramatically with adequate funding from the state. Without this research and outreach to farmers we cannot get the living cover on the land that we need to clean ...more »
Please see my earlier comment about the need for more research for urban stormwater. To address this need, the Governor should support the formation of the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council.
We have a serious legacy problem with stormwater pond sediment that is contaminated with a family of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The cities and private landowners responsible for these stormwater ponds need help from the State to address these PAH-contaminated pond sediments. The MPCA has done excellent work to describe and quantify the problem. More work needs to be done to find solutions ...more »
Invest in a statewide network of local research-engagement-action collaboratives that bring together academic and public researchers, educators and public engagement professionals, cultural and community organizers, and those who can implement or act on solutions. Encourage these collaboratives to innovate solutions by developing 'incubator' programs that encourage relationship-building, data and knowledge-sharing, learning, ...more »