Minneapolis authorities are cleaning up after a Metro Transit bus lost control and drove onto the sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis, damaging garbage cans and smashing into light posts.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's new web page allows people to look up specific bodies of water to be connected with information about everything from swimming conditions to fish consumption to invasive species.
A state and federal study of Minnesota's groundwater has found increasing evidence of consumer and other chemicals known as 'contaminants of emerging concern.'
The federal agency and several environmental groups have agreed on a proposed consent decree that obligates the EPA to take action on a finding from the National Park Service in 2009 that haze from the coal-fired Sherco plant impairs the views at Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Park.
As Minnesotans waded through the damage caused by a shock of heavy rains, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday opened the door to a special Legislative session to aid the state's flood torn areas.
MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said limiting waste is imperative, because otherwise the state likely will have to clean up additional landfills that could later become a pollution problem.
The project has data from 2008 onward that include vehicle miles traveled, waste generation, water use, and the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuel being used by everyone within city limits. The 22 cities that have signed up had to agree to make the data public.
The recommendations from Judge Eric Lipman, who concluded that Enbridge has demonstrated the need for the increased capacity, will now go before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Currently, Xcel charges its residential customers a flat rate per kilowatt hour -- whether they are the type of person who conserves, or one who leaves the lights on all the time. But that doesn't encourage people to save energy, members of the environmental groups say.
One of the first places Minnesotans are starting to find ways to reuse water is on the golf course. Two Twin Cities suburbs have launched projects to capture stormwater and use it for irrigation.
The EPA's carbon rules are expected to change the way energy markets work, favoring low-carbon energy options including nuclear, wind and solar.
The largest buildings in Minneapolis must meet a June 1 deadline to report their energy and water use to the city. That data will eventually become public, and city officials hope it will lead those who manage and use those buildings to find ways to use less energy.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation soon that includes a plan to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to all boat traffic within a year to prevent the spread of invasive carp.
Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species.
Since eagles are at the top of the food chain, they make good test subjects to see how pollutants affect animals and humans. Researchers have seen contaminants like DDT, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) decline. But in Lake Superior, DDT levels are still higher than what researchers expected.