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Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards, announces task force to make recommendations on protection, restoration

Wild rice is “great for nesting, for cover for fish. It’s a good food source for waterfowl that migrate through.”ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota’s ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter…

Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard

More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with concentrations of rice being the highest in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca and St. Louis counties.The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 this week to nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and diet of the region’s Ojibwe Indians….

MPCA urges judge to drop objection to wild rice rule change

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota regulators asked the state’s chief administrative law judge this week to reverse her rejection of their attempts to change the state’s water quality standard for protecting wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said in a 286-page filing that it has made technical changes to its proposal that should address the judge’s concerns. The MPCA has been…

DNR: Fish winterkill being reported in lakes near Brainerd, Hinckley, Twin Cities

(Minnesota DNR file photo)Cold winters with abundant snowfall can lead to fish die-offs and the Minnesota DNR has already taken reports of this process, known as winterkill, occurring in lakes near Brainerd, Hinckley and the Twin Cities area. “While seeing lots of dead fish can be disconcerting, we remind people that winterkill is normal and happens every year to some…

Public gets two opportunities to weigh in on draft permits for proposed mine

On Feb. 7 and 8, the Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host public meetings in Aurora and Duluth, respectively, to provide information and comment opportunities regarding recently released draft permits for PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet mine. The meetings will include an open house where the public can learn more about the DNR’s draft permit to mine and the…

Minnesota may see smoky skies due to western wildfires – next summer

A firefighting crew battles a blaze in California. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix, an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, told Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires, such as the recent blazes in California,…

Minnesota wild rice rule irks industry, environmentalists

More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with concentrations of rice being the highest in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca and St. Louis counties.MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicked off a week of public hearings Monday on changing a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a proposal that has managed…