About the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

Since 1974, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has been protecting our water, air, land and people.

MCEA works with government agencies, the Legislature, and the courts to set sound environmental policy, to ensure good laws are enacted, and to enforce the law when needed. We are committed to working across all sectors – private and public, profit and nonprofit, political and academic – to form the partnerships needed to succeed. Real environmental issues are complex and real environmental progress takes time. MCEA is in it for the long haul.

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  • Mercury and the St. Louis River Posted 3 hours ago
    Good editorial today in the Duluth News Tribune about the need to reduce mercury levels in the St. Louis River.  Many environmentalists in Minnesota have been critical of the MPCA, believing that is moving too slowly or, worse, that it is caving in to mining interests whose contaminated water is getting ...
  • Enbridge Pipeline: Can you divide up a project into small pieces to avoid environmental review? Posted 3 hours ago
    Enbridge, the giant pipeline company that is proposing to dramatically increase the amount of tar sands oil moving through Minnesota, is trying to avoid serious federal environmental review of their plan to increase the amount of oil going through its "Alberta Clipper" pipeline.  Because the pipeline crosses the international ...
  • Fixing Climate Change Can Be Free Posted 2 days ago
    New York Times piece today on a new report that debunks the notion that fixing climate change means an era of sacrifice and slower economic growth.  The issue should be less about "shared sacrifice" and more about "smart investments."

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  • MCEA Opposes Weakened Standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Posted 3 weeks ago
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency proposed to significantly weaken the existing nutrient standards for the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, which would allow much higher algae levels than the state's existing standards. The proposed algae concentrations would be the highest allowed anywhere in the state, and could result in ...
  • Welcome, Cordelia Pierson! Minnesota Environmental Fund's new executive director! Posted 2 months ago
    The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is a state-wide network of 23 of Minnesota’s most respected and responsible nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations, including MCEA, working together to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment through employee giving. Recently, MEF announced Cordelia Pierson as their new executive director! Please join us in ...
  • Congratulations to new members of the Legislative Water Commission! Posted 2 months ago
    MCEA congratulates the newly-appointed members of the Legislative Water Commission, which was created by the 2014 Legislature. The Senate members are Senators Chuck Wiger, Carrie Ruud, Bev Scalze, Gary Dahms, Matt Schmit, and Roger Chamberlain.  The House members are:  Representatives Peter Fischer, Paul Torkelson, Clark Johnson, Matt Dean, John ...

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