Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe said nitrates are a growing problem. Faced with paying for technology that can remove nitrates, Des Moines is suing over agricultural drainage. (05/08/2015)
Under the Senate bill, manufacturers would have several years to phase out the plastic, which has been found in fish. The House passed a different version of the bill. (05/05/2015)
Six and a half years after Minnesotans voted to raise taxes to clean up lakes and streams, it's clear the state has a long way to go. (04/29/2015)
Nine Minnesota counties where pollution from vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and wood burning is tracked scored well on an annual American Lung Association report. (04/29/2015)
A study published in the journal Science combined the effects of human influences and biodiversity to help researchers learn about what makes for a stable ecosystem over time. (04/16/2015)
State natural resources officials want the Legislature to spend another $4 million in the next two years to manage the state's forests. It's not clear if they'll get it. (04/15/2015)
With no chance of her mining bill passing in the Republican-controlled Congress, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum aims to pressure the Obama administration to protect the area. (04/14/2015)
In the spirit of spring cleaning, find out what to do with old televisions and other electronics crowding your home. (04/13/2015)
Minnesota is a leader in electronics recycling, thanks in part to a law requiring manufacturers to take responsibility for their disposal. But some of us keep old gadgets a long time. (04/13/2015)
The Black Dog plant will stop burning coal April 15 after more than 60 years. (04/08/2015)
American Rivers says the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine threatens the river's water quality. The group worries about the risk of pollution and loss of wetlands. (04/07/2015)
"Much of the conversion came at the cost of natural ecosystems," said Tyler Lark, the lead author of the study. (04/05/2015)
Early spring is an important time to think about how to prevent human-bear confrontations. Not many plants are growing yet, so finding food can be a challenge for the animals. (04/04/2015)
The company blames the layoffs on high inventory levels of taconite amid a worldwide steel glut. U.S. Sen. Al Franken says the Minntac layoffs may not be the last. (03/31/2015)
The Lake Superior South, Big Fork and Nemadji River watersheds, which cover about 3,000 square miles, are made up mostly of forests and wetlands. (03/30/2015)