This is the third part in a multipart series called Groundwater 101. Groundwater 101 provides the foundation for a good working understanding of groundwater-the source of drinking water for 75% of Minnesotans. There are three goals of this blog series: first, to introduce the basic science behind groundwater; secondly, to explore the impacts that agriculture can have on groundwater, especially in and around the Minnesota River Watershed; and thirdly, to summarize the role that government policies and agencies play in shaping our groundwater resources. Happy learning! 


Blog post by Ariel Herrod, Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.  



For an opportunity to get your hands dirty doing real, honest-to-goodness work on the Minnesota River, join CURE and other river-conscious folks at Kinney Landing on Saturday, September 13th, for a river cleanup and BBQ lunch!                             

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Urge the Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Dayton to limit carbon pollution from coal plants.

After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA is now in the middle of a public comment period that allows citizens to comment on the proposed standards. Tell the EPA and Governor Dayton you support its work to finalize commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants.


You will be redirected to our partner, Fresh Energy, public comment page.
Wild Bee Surveys in Prairie-Grassland Habitats
Wild Bee Surveys in
Prairie-Grassland Habitats

Take a field trip with Minnesota DNR Bee Researcher Crystal Boyd, as she collects native bees at Roscoe Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, a site owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

Video produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


One of CURE's favorite partners in meeting the challenges of global warming and democratizing energy is John Farrell and the Institute for Local Self-RelianceIn this latest Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly, John Farrell writes on two important topics we would like to share.


With Liberty and Solar for All compares the relative injustice of where coal plants have been located to the ever-increasing opportunities of affordable distributed solar and solar ownership models.

In a $6 Billion Opportunity for the Rural Energy Economy Farrell introduces us to the USDA's Rural Utility Service's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Loan Program aimed at funneling cheap money into and through rural electric cooperatives and rural municipal electric utilities to fund member and customer clean energy projects.  "It's rare to find an energy program that can make a significant dent in energy consumption, save energy customers big money, make utilities winners, and juice the rural economy. Rural utilities shouldn't miss this chance."


The Renville County Board wants to build a 270 acre, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) park right along the MN River Valley Scenic Byway located in the MN River Valley using taxpayer money. The board recently approved spending $130,000 to fund an engineering study of the proposed ATV park.


Opponents have organized to collect over 100 signatures of Sacred Heart Township landowners and residents who are opposed to the ATV Park and may continue to collect more.  



New Canadian pipeline, new environmental problems 

CURE is not directly involved in the battle over pipeline approval and routing in Minnesota but support our environmental partners when we can as they try to protect Minnesota's wilderness resources.


Newly proposed "Sandpiper" pipeline could have serious environmental problems and implications for those living near the Minnesota Wetlands and Wild Rice Fields. Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska and Steve Morse of Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) discuss the issue with Ed Schultz. 

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
Location: Kinney Landing on Hwy. 67 near Granite Falls


FIELD DAY: Mussels with Bernard Sietman

Date: Saturday, Sept. 20

Time: 10 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Pomme de Terre River

Climate . Energy 
Water . Agriculture 
"How many solar panels would it take to power Earth?" by Amy Gleich, The Christian Science Monitor.

"A Windy Future for Minnesota?" by Maria Brun, Minnesota2020.

"Our watershed moment," by Alexis Rowell,

"Powerful insecticide turns up in major Midwest rivers," by Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune.


Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 AM to 12 PM
Lac Qui Parle State Park

Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 AM to 6 PM
St.Paul, MN

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