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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  • Water issues in rural Minnesota Posted last week
    Interesting report from the Center for Rural Policy and Development, based in Mankato, on water quantity and water quality issues in rural Minnesota.  Lots of useful information, but not much if any discussion of agricultural practices, which is the elephant in the living room of discussions about water in ...
  • Apparently Long Overdue Inspection of Mine Tailings Dams Posted last week
    The Globe and Mail in Toronto reports that Canadian and British Columbia officials are now conducting inspections of every tailings basin in the province, 98 of them in total, 31 for active mines.  The goal is to avoid any more Mount Polley disasters.
  • Another Mining Disaster Posted last week
    With the Mount Polley tailings basin collapse still fresh in our minds, here comes word of another containment facility breach, this time at the Buenavista mine just over the US border in Mexico. What is important to remember is that all of these mines passed engineering tests that demonstrated ...

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  • MCEA Opposes Weakened Standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Posted 3 days 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 last month
    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 last month
    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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