Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

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. (05/30/2014)
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. (05/27/2014)
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. (05/19/2014)
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. (05/19/2014)
Several environmental justice leaders and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison are scheduled to speak at the event at Kwanzaa Community Church in north Minneapolis. (05/15/2014)
The national group Green for All helped organize the event. Executive Director Nikki Silvestri says disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy proved that communities of color are among those who can suffer disproportionate losses. (05/15/2014)
Both the House and Senate have voted to phase out Triclosan in consumer hand soap and body wash by 2017. The bill needs a final vote in the House before being sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it. (05/13/2014)
Minnesota's congressional delegation pushed for the provision to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in Minneapolis. The measure is in the water infrastructure bill, which now goes to the House and Senate for final votes. (05/13/2014)
The suit has been at a standstill for the past two years as the two sides fight over representation. Attorneys for the Covington and Burling law firm previously worked for 3M on related issues, but later began representing the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against the company. (04/30/2014)
The American Lung Association says air quality is improving in the Twin Cities, and gave the metropolitan area its best ranking yet on particulate pollution caused from vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and wood burning. (04/30/2014)
The rule was designed to protect downwind states from power plant pollution produced in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. But several upwind states and power companies had sued, arguing they should have a chance to determine how much they were contributing to pollution in other states. (04/29/2014)
The boat launches on Calhoun, Nokomis and Harriet will have inspectors again this year to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. (04/29/2014)
Twin Cities companies and governmental organizations pump billions of gallons of water every year to prevent the underground spread of pollution. But that puts stress on aquifers already the object of growing concern. (04/28/2014)
The lawsuit announced Thursday argues that in managing the fishery, the DNR hasn't considered walleye fishing heritage as required by the state's Constitution. (04/24/2014)
Silica sand is abundant in southeastern Minnesota and is a crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking. Still, more than 6,000 Minnesotans have signed the moratorium petition. (04/22/2014)