Archive for July, 2017


Will you be part of 25 by 25?

Friday, July 28th, 2017

As part of Governor Dayton’s 25 by 25 Water Quality Goal to improve Minnesota’s water quality 25 percent by 2025, a series of Water Quality Town Hall meetings will be held across the state beginning at the end of July. The ten town halls will offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state with key members of Governor Dayton’s Cabinet.

One of the ten town halls will be held in Minneapolis:

Minneapolis – Water Quality Town Hall
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration opens at 6:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North

In addition, the Governor is inviting citizens to host their own community water meetings from July through August. You may want to take this opportunity to weigh in on water quality issues in your community with neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends. If you would like some help, I would be glad to provide additional information or attend your meeting – please contact Jamie Swezey at 651-296-2491 or jamie.swezey@house.mn

One of my concerns is the lack of state protections for the Mississippi, the drinking water source for Minneapolis residents. Minneapolis’s drinking water treatment plant is amazing but, to the extent it has to deal with additional new contaminants, treatment will be more expensive and our water rates are already among the highest. Other states protect their cities’ drinking water sources so there are models Minnesota can look to.

Stay tuned for a Community Water Meeting that Rep. Davnie and I will be hosting in our district – details forthcoming.

Click here for full details about the Water Quality Town Halls, Community Water Meetings, and 25 by 25 Water Quality

36 Legislators call out flaws in the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge Line 3

Monday, July 10th, 2017

36 Legislators formally commented on the draft EIS for Enbridge Line 3 and asked for a “vastly revised EIS.” Legislators identified and analyzed the deficiencies in four areas.

One. “The DEIS does not analyze the potential harm of a spill to the million plus Minnesotans who drink Mississippi River water” and fails to “address risk to warmwater streams.”

Two. The DEIS “fails to adequately address…key concerns of Indigenous communities.”

Three. The DEIS fails to directly address or incorporate Minnesota’s goals and policies regarding climate change.

Four. The DEIS does not comprehensively analyze a no-build alternative.

Read the comments here.line-3-comments-final.pdf