we hope you enjoy reading CURE's January RiverVoice.
Water Program

Today's decision by Governor Mark Dayton shows how difficult it is to get powerful interests to align with most Minnesotans when it comes to protecting our waters.

"The Governor needs our help to move the needle on water," said Duane Ninneman, CURE Executive Director. "Shining a light on the polluters and obstructionists is paramount for us in 2016. We will prioritize our focus on addressing pollution to our state's surface waters and groundwater, squarely targeting the greatest contributors to water degradation and aquifer depletion in the Minnesota River Basin: unsustainable land use and unsustainable agriculture practices."
Climate Program
Arne Kildegaard, CURE Member in Paris for the Climate Conference.

In last month's RiverVoice, you heard from CURE Board Member Athena Kildegaard as she shared her Paris experience during the Climate Conference. Now hear from her husband, Arne Kildegaard, as he describes the connection between the Paris Climate Talks and the climate change issues facing western Minnesota. 

"This region's agricultural base, wide open spaces, and wind and solar resources could all play major roles in the ability to prevent the worst from happening, as well as adapt to the changes already in motion.  'I think we're as well-situated as anyone, and better than the vast majority,' Kildegaard said.  
Kildegaard attended the Paris talks as an official observer with the University of Minnesota. The professor is the chairman of the Social Science Division at the University of Minnesota in Morris. His work focuses on the economics of natural resources and renewable energy."

Energy Program

CURE has championed renewable energy since the start of its Energy Program in 2005. We believe renewable energy should be accessible and affordable for all Minnesotans. This is where community solar can play a significant role - providing Minnesotans the opportunity to invest in locally owned renewable energy.

Blog post by Sarina Otaibi, Director of Communications and Engagement
Events and Adventures

CURE is excited to partner with the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program and offer a Prairies and Potholes certification training. This course is being taught by longtime CURE members and Master Naturalists Kylene Olson, Joe Hauger, and Peg Furshong at the CURE Office. Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, sharing that knowledge with others, and supporting conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer.
The sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 8th and run for 11 weeks until May 17th. They will start at 6 pm and end at 8:30 pm on Tuesdays with two all-day field days on Saturday, April 23rd and Saturday, May 14th. 
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