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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  • Fixing Climate Change Can Be Free Posted 1 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."
  • Germany leading the way on renewables Posted 2 days ago
    Thoughtful, thorough front-page article in the Sunday New York Times on Germany's rapid transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear toward renewable energy sources, and the disruptive effect it is having on electric utility business models.  Lots of references to US utilities trying to figure out whether to fight renewables, embrace renewables, ...
  • Important pipeline decision from PUC Posted 2 days ago
    Last Thursday, the state public utilities commission (PUC), at the request of the MPCA and the DNR, ordered Enbridge to study the environmental impacts of several potential pipeline routes for the proposed Sandpiper project.  What's important about the 3-2 ruling is that it is the first time the PUC ...

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  • MCEA Opposes Weakened Standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Posted 2 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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