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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Recent Posts

  • Professors debate climate lawsuits Posted 2 days ago
    The New York Times features a "room for debate" among law professors in light of the recent pro-plaintiff rulings in climate cases affiliated with Our Children's Trust.  Now you know what an advocacy team meeting at MCEA is like.
  • Financial assurance for coal mining Posted last week
    LA Times reports on the failure of policymakers to require adequate financial assurance for reclamation of shuttered coal mines. When the companies are already bankrupt and the mines are shut down, it's a little late to ask for the damage deposit. 
  • MPR series on water quality and agriculture Posted last week
    Another in a series of reports on current agricultural practices and Minnesota's water quality problems. Today's story compares two farms in the Buffalo-Red River watershed district, just a few miles from the farm where yours truly grew up.

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Recent Posts

  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 9 months ago
    On September 2, 2015, the Star Tribune published an article, "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA," detailing Polymet's questionable water model and the potential for impact on the BWCA. Interested in learning more about the background to the story? Check out the following: Letter to NorthMet EIS Co-lead ...
  • Great Lakes Coalition Comments on Waukesha Diversion Application Posted 9 months ago
    MCEA joined over 50 conservation and environmental groups from the Great Lakes states and Canada in urging protection of Great Lakes waters from unnecessary diversion, in the first test of the 2008 Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. MCEA has a long history of supporting ...
  • Governor Dayton restores advisory MPCA citizens board by executive order Posted 10 months ago
    At the Minnesota Environmental Partnership's annual meeting on Tuesday, August 4, Governor Dayton announced that he had signed an executive order to create a new advisory citizens board for the MPCA. The Minnesota Legislature's agriculture and environment omnibus bill abolished the 50-year-old citizens board last session. Governor Dayton reluctantly ...

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