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Environmental Knights

A team of top environmental professionals with or without degrees and for God's sake no engineers. That would be front line investigators of environmental problems. Also for this contract with local colleges and universities to have feet on the ground instantly until the Knights can arrive. The Knights would also be able to ticket and detain guilty parties until local authorities can arrive.

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Conservation irrigation appropriations permits

Authorize the DNR to issue "conservation appropriations permits" for agricultural irrigation. With a "conservation permit," an irrigator would have a legally higher priority for appropriations than non-conservation irrigators, in case of drought. As an example, the permit would be valid for 15 years. In Years 4, 9, and 14 of the permit, no appropriations would be allowed. The irrigator would plan in advance for dry-land ...more »

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Tax incentives for agricultural land with permanent vegetation

Provide tax discounts, rebates, or other subsidies for agricultural land with permanent, perennial vegetation planted and maintained.

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Reimburse Owners of Private and Public Wells for Water Treatment to Remove Agricultural Contaminants

Many non-agricultural water users must pay to treat drinking water that has been contaminated by agricultural fertilizer or pesticides. MDA estimates that, when the Township Testing program is complete, about 200 townships in the state will exceed the threshold of 5% or more private drinking water wells that do not meet MDH drinking water standards for nitrate. In some communities, more than half the private wells exceed ...more »

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Align fertilizer nitrogen application regulations with existing feedlot rules.

Bring the regulatory framework for nitrogen fertilizer applications into alignment with that already existing for the combination of manure and fertilizer under the state feedlot rules. There is currently no limit on fertilizer nitrogen application rates if manure is not applied, however there is a rate limit if manure is applied. Ensure fertilizer dealer participation in both rates and timing BMPs through a state fertilizer ...more »

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Permanently Protect the Boundary Waters & Voyageurs from Sulfide Mining

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park are irreplaceable national treasures. The natural beauty and quiet wilderness character of the Boundary Waters are threatened by sulfide-ore copper mines proposed within the watershed of the Wilderness. While federal and state laws prohibit mining activities within the Wilderness and on some adjacent national forest lands, the laws are not sufficient ...more »

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Agricultural Drain Tile Must Be Tracked

We know that farmland drain tile funnels more water and pollutants into Minnesota's water bodies. Yet, no one is tracking - on a state-wide basis - the amount and location of drain tile projects. The Minnesota DNR must be adequately funded to determine the full extent of agricultural drain tiling in Minnesota.

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Stop blaming farmers.

Stop blaming farmers for nutrient pollution, while the nutrients (urine and proteins) in municipal sewage is not treated, because EPA does not require this under the CWA, the result of the incorrect application of the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) test. The CWA also required EPA to establish what best available treatment (BAT) was and publish this in the future when even better treatment became available. EPA never ...more »

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Engage smaller 10-25 acre properties that don't qualify for farm programs.

There are many smaller parcels, where maybe the homestead and some marginal farm acres were sold off that are not eligible for any conservation programs, yet could play a larger role in the solution as they are scattered around everywhere, and typically do consist of marginal lands. Perennial plantings or prairie restoration and tree cover could help with both wind and water erosion, and the homeowner could get some help ...more »

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Ban aerial application of all pesticides labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms

Many restricted use pesticides, especially fungicides and insecticides, are labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms. Many are applied by aircraft and are subject to drift and runoff. Some are applied during the middle of the growing season when intense rainfall and runoff into streams, rivers and lakes creating the risk of fish kills. The aerial application of these pesticides should be banned in Minnesota. ...more »

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Make Drain Tile Point Source

Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »

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Encourage Actions to Better Handle Runoff in Urban and Rural Areas

Runoff is a huge problem for water quality. It includes routine runoff carrying urban and rural pollutants and the growing problem of major rain events. Because there are both urban and rural aspects to this, so practically all of us are part of the problem, we all need to be part of the solution. Solutions could reduce pollutants affecting the water, improve soil retention and quality and help recharge aquifers. ...more »

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