Recycling is not only better for the environment, it's an integral part of a growing economic engine in the state. Experts say people are throwing away resources that those businesses need.
The Department of Natural Resources has set up a 15-member committee to provide advice as the agency ramps up its fight against aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels.
Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a game and fish bill that raises new revenue for the Department of Natural Resources. The House and Senate gave final approval to the bill over the weekend.
The Minnesota House has approved moving up the start of this year's fishing season by one week, and the Senate may act on the issue shortly.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill designed to speed up the environmental permit applications process for businesses and local governments.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's making a lot of internal changes to meet efficiency goals set by legislators and Gov. Dayton last spring.
Minnesota utilities customers are saving enough electricity to power about 120,000 homes for a year through a rebate program that encourages energy-related improvements to homes.
Lawmakers will have to take up the $450 million spending measure in a special session. The House debated it up until the midnight deadline for adjournment without taking a vote.
Dayton promises to veto bill that would cut funding for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources.
The money would have renovated the dam and expand it so it could also serve as a barrier against invasive species like Asian carp. The state Department of Natural Resources said Coon Rapids is the best location for such a barrier.
Angling and hunting groups seem to favor raising them to help the cash-strapped department; Republicans in St. Paul aren't so sure.
The state Senate voted Thursday to repeal greenhouse gas regulations that effectively blocked the development of new coal-fired power plants in Minnesota.
In the first biennium after the new sales tax was established, the money was divided -- 42 percent for state parks, 42 percent for metro area parks and 15 percent for a grant fund, most of which went to greater Minnesota trails.
Legislation authorizes mandatory inspections at or near water access points. If inspectors find an invasive species, they can require the boat or other equipment to go through a decontamination process.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it would have to close between five and 10 state parks, and offer reduced services at others, under budget bills passed by the Republian-led House and Senate Tuesday.