Legislative panels formally stall groundwater nitrate rule

By |2018-06-11T13:30:58-05:00June 11th, 2018|

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's proposed rule for reducing nitrate levels in groundwater in farm country is formally on hold at least until next year. The GOP-led House and Senate agriculture committees published notices in the State Register on Monday officially invoking their authority to prohibit adoption of the rule until after next year's legislative session, which is due to adjourn May 20, 2019. That means key decisions on whether to proceed with the proposed nitrate restrictions will be up to the next governor's administration. The proposal from the administration of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton would create voluntary and mandatory practices [...]

Bill in House would aim to form stakeholder group to look at cleaning up Minnesota River basin

By |2018-03-22T14:39:55-05:00March 22nd, 2018|

Lawmakers continue to look at ways to reduce nutrients in Minnesota's waters, but a new bill in the House would aim to invest 750-thousand dollars in a stakeholder group that would propose ways to clean up the Minnesota River basin. With challenges of Wastewater Treatment Facilities, House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he was asked by the City of Mankato to carry the bill. "They're saying that even if we do all this and all these small towns that are really challenged with that, there's still problems in the Minnesota River. I agree with that, that there's other factors involved. [...]

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