Bluestem received a press release from the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, "a coalition of more than 70 environmental, conservation, and civic organizations working together for clean water, clean energy and protection of our Great Outdoors."
The Minnesota Environmental Partnership "engages state leaders, unites environmental efforts and helps citizens take action for the Minnesota they love." We'll be on the bus coming from Western Minnesota tomorrow, secretly hoping to engage Representative Backer in our plot to start a high-stakes ladies-only game of Hearts in Minnesota House retiring room.
Here's the press release:
A coalition of over forty Minnesota organizations will host a day of action and advocacy to protect Minnesota’s clean water at the Minnesota State Capitol from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19. Over 600 Minnesota residents have registered to attend the day from across the state.
Water Action Day includes workshops on clean water issues, meetings with lawmakers, and a Capitol Rotunda rally featuring Governor Mark Dayton and Winona LaDuke.
Water Action Day begins at 8:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church (105 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103) before moving to the grounds of the Capitol. In the morning, attendees will participate in workshops to help them effectively work with their legislators to protect clean water and learn more about specific issues that threaten clean water in Minnesota.
There will be a water ceremony at 12:45 pm in Leif Erickson Park, located between the State Office Building and the Capitol-Rice Street LRT station. At 1:30 PM, attendees will rally in the Capitol Rotunda. The rally will feature speakers Governor Mark Dayton, activist Winona LaDuke, explorer Ann Bancroft, youth activist Brandon Williams, and farmers Audrey Arner and Julie Arnold.
Registered participants will meet individually with their legislators throughout the day to advocate for clean water issues important to them. Governor Dayton’s 25% improvement in water quality by 2025 goal and the impact of budget provisions that impact clean water will be a key topic of these conversations.
Water Action Day is organized by Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and these organizations from across Minnesota are participating in the event:
1 Mississippi, Anglers for Habitat, Audubon Minnesota, Clean Water Action, Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River, CURE, Duluth for Clean Water, Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance, Friends of Pool 2, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Friends of the Mississippi River, Honor the Earth, Izaak Walton League, Land Stewardship Project, League of Women Voters, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, MN350, MN Interfaith Power and Light, MN River Congress, New Ulm Area Sports Fishermen, Save Our Sky Blue Waters, Save the Boundary Waters, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, St. Croix River Association, Sunnyside Marina (St. Croix River), WaterLegacy, Alliance for Sustainability, Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop, Conservation Minnesota, Cool Planet MN, Duluth for Clean Water, Environment Minnesota, Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota, Friends of the Headwaters, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Minnesota Trout Unlimited, MN Conservation Federation, Native Lives Matter, Powershift Network, and Voyageurs National Park Association.
Here in the headwaters of the Minnesota River, we should be mindful of what enters our streams. It's not just a value--it's also the science of hydrology. Policy should reflect the intersection of values and science.
Photo: A boat on Big Stone Lake, headwaters of the Minnesota River. This would be a much more fun way to get to St. Paul. Alas, there are some dams to portage, so we'll be on a bus.
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