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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  • Washington State Leads on Carbon, Transportation Funding Posted 9 hours ago
    Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), perhaps our nation's greenest governor, is proposing a $12 billion transportation funding plan, with much of the revenue coming on carbon emission fees under a cap-and-trade system.  At the same time, lawmakers are considering tolls, in-city driving fees, and other innovative ways to fund transportation ...
  • A New Environmentalism? Posted 1 days ago
    Check out James Gustave ("Gus") Speth's call for a broader "new environmentalism" in the current Ensia journal from the U of M's Institute on the Environment.  Speth, now on the Vermont law faculty, has a list of environmental credentials longer than your arm, and has been writing on this ...
  • Necessary, not sufficient Posted last week
    Good thorough article in today's New York Times on the likely outcome of the climate negotiations going on in Lima, Peru.

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  • MCEA Identifies Problems in Crow Wing River Cleanup & Protection Plan Posted 2 days ago
    The Crow Wing River in north-central Minnesota has many clean streams and rivers. The MPCA developed a cleanup and protection plan for the watershed, but failed to identify the sources of pollution to impaired waters, the threats to clean waters, or clear methods to prioritize action for keeping the ...
  • Press Release: Groups Ask for Environmental Review of Proposed Pipeline in Northern Minnesota Posted 5 days ago
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2014 GROUPS ASK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED PIPELINE IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA St. Paul, MN – Today, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and Friends of the Headwaters (FOH) jointly file action in Ramsey County Court asking for environmental review of a proposed Enbridge pipeline across ...
  • MCEA Opposes Weakened Standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Posted 4 months 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 ...

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