On Sunday, April 16, 2017, Channels 5, 9 and 11 all covered the story of Minnesota Trout Unlimited warning that our streams are in trouble.
Language in the omnibus environmental bills now in conference committee would shrink existing 50-foot wide unplowed strips of plants along the edges of some streams to just 16.5 feet, on 70% of the streams—not just trout streams–in the southeastern part of Minnesota.
Here is the story on KARE11-TV: www.kare11.com/news/anglers-concerned-about-possible-changes-to-buffers/431768525
Here is the story on KMSP Fox9 News: www.fox9.com/news/248912028-story
We’ll post a link to Channel 5’s story if it becomes available online.
This week negotiators from the Minnesota House and Senate and the governor are hashing out details on the final environmental bills in conference committees. There are MANY negative aspects that we are struggling to keep out. The only leverage is the governor promising to veto bills if they aren’t fixed. He could use some reassurance from us.
Please fill out a quick email form on his website, or call and leave him a message, along the lines of:
1. Thanks for protecting our streams with buffers. There is no need to change the law this year, now that the state has come up with six buffer alternatives. The majority of farmers already are in compliance.
2. I back your veto, if needed, to stop illegal diversions of Legacy outdoors money; to stop budget cuts of environmental agencies; and to stop attacks on environmental reviews.
Here’s the link to his website form: https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/
Here’s a phone number to leave a message: (651) 201-3400
If you want to write something meatier, on the specific issues, Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) Executive Director John Lenczewski has written a good backgrounder on the MNTU.org website here: http://mntu.org/tell-legislators-to-stop-attacks-on-clean-water-and-minnesota-trout-streams/