DNR seeks groundwater changes

In a new report to the Legislature, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spells out – in more explicit language than before – shortcomings in the way it permits and regulates groundwater pumping from high-capacity wells. “Our review of water use reports suggests that we are receiving some systematically inaccurate information,” the DNR told lawmakers … Read more DNR seeks groundwater changes

Star Tribune editorial backs water fee increases

Read a May 7 Star Tribune Editorial urging the Minnesota Legislature to enact an increase in state water appropriation fees recommended by Gov. Mark Dayton and passed last month by the House. The editorial says, in part: “The vast but finite aquifers are like glasses of water with many drinking straws — perhaps too many … Read more Star Tribune editorial backs water fee increases

Gene Merriam: Support water fee increase

Read Freshwater Society President Gene Merriam’s op-ed in the April 26 Pioneer Press. In it, he urges Minnesota state Senators to support House-passed legislation that would raise state water fees to generate about $6 million a year to enable the Department of Natural Resources to do a better job of monitoring and regulating groundwater pumping. … Read more Gene Merriam: Support water fee increase

Groundwater report focuses on sustainability

In 2008, the Freshwater Society issued a report — Water Is Life: Protecting A Critical Resource For Future Generations — that described a lack of consensus among groundwater professionals on the critical question of whether Minnesota’s patterns of groundwater use were sustainable into the future. This month, Freshwater issued a follow-up to that report. And … Read more Groundwater report focuses on sustainability

Take time to read Pioneer Press groundwater articles

The Pioneer Press this week published a fine series of articles on Minnesota’s groundwater. Read reporter John Brewer’s lead article on the sustainability issue. Read a column by outdoor writer David Orrick on why outdoor enthusiasts should care about the dependence of lakes and streams on groundwater sources,  another article on outstate water woes, and … Read more Take time to read Pioneer Press groundwater articles

Water, science, environment: The lighter side

There is lots of serious — often very bad — news about water and the environment published every day. But there also are some quirky and entertaining news items out there. Here is a look back at some of the offbeat news items among the hundreds of important articles and research papers linked to from the … Read more Water, science, environment: The lighter side

'Water wars,' bottled water and robo-carp

Every week, the Freshwater Society posts a digest of regional, national and international news articles and research reports on water and the environment. Go to the Freshwater web site to read the latest digest, or click on the links below to read the original articles. If you see something that interests you, let us know … Read more 'Water wars,' bottled water and robo-carp