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Non-Toxic Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Member Pledge

When John Moriarty spoke on September 27 he presented a Member Pledge on the use of non-toxic ammunition and fishing tackle. Our State and National organizations already have passed similar resolutions. Click here

Stop the Spread of Asian Carp!

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, and Tim Walz today introduced legislation (S.2164 - Upper Mississippi Conservation and River Protection Act of 2012) to help fight the spread of Asian carp in Minnesota’s waterways.  The legislation would kick-start the process to consider closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Dam to help stop the spread of the invasive species, as well as require immediate closure if Asian carp are found. In addition, the bill would direct federal agencies to partner with Minnesota on efforts to root out infestations and prevent the spread of Asian carp in the state’s rivers. Klobuchar and Ellison authored the bill in the Senate and House, respectively, and Franken, Paulsen, and Walz are original cosponsors. The legislation is supported by Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (3/5/12) 





Clean Water Restoration
4/1/09 - Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, we made great progress in cleaning up our nation's waters. But these protections were rolled back in recent years.

Introduced in April 2009 by U.S. Senator Russell Feingold, D-WI, S.787 the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 would delete "navigable" from the CWA, protecting "isolated" waters, headwater streams, small rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands as well. The bill was never passed.

Lake Vermillion State Park

4/15/09 - Minnesota has apparently lost out on a chance to create a new state park on Lake Vermilion. U.S. Steel is now moving ahead with plans to develop the proposed park land into a housing project. Those plans are a blow to Gov. Pawlenty, who argued that creating a state park on the land is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The proposed Lake Vermilion State Park, an idea once-thought dead, has new life this week after Department of Natural Resources officials announced they have reached an agreement to pay $18 million for approximately 3,000 acres of land on Vermilion's eastern shore from US Steel. The park could be open for limited day use as early as mid-summer 2011. Construction of a fully-functional park will likely take three years or more, and cost $25-$30 million, according to DNR officials.
MN Constitutional Amendment
The Breckenridge Chapter Board of Directors supported the VOTE YES  Amendment.

The amendment passed on November 4, 2008, providing dedicated funding for the environment.
Save Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN, from being turned into a golf course.

The City of Fridley passed a referendum keeping Springbrook Nature Center Open!
Tilden Avenue - Champlin
Opposed a 4-lane highway project through the Hennepin County Park Reserve.

The highway bridge was opened on July 15, 2008.
Oxbow Creek/Shadowbrook
In conjunction with Save Our Creeks the Chapter fought from 2002-2006 to correct improper development of ephemeral creek, wetland, and natural area in Brooklyn Park and Champlin.

Mercury in Minnesota Waters
The Chapter fought to stop allowing polluters to release toxic mercury into our air and water and conducted an educational workshop in 2006.

The Minnesota Legislature passed the Mercury Reduction Act in Spring of 2006!
Prairie Restoration
Advocated for preservation & restoration of Galloway Park, Champlin. (5-6 years ago)

About 1/2 of the park was saved and the city urged to create wetlands, which was done.


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