Sunday, September 25, 2016

Resolution Submission Deadline October 6, 2016

To all persons interested in the Minnesota River Congress Public Policy Agenda process

Resolution Submission Deadline October 6, 2016

If you wish to submit a Public Policy agenda resolution and have that resolution included in the pre-congress distribution, you must submit that resolution by email to Scott Sparlin at no later than OCtober 6, 2016.

All resolutions must include the name of the person submitting the resolution as well as a phone number or email address which will be published with the resolution in the pre congress distribution. This will permit the Public Policy Team or others to contact the author with questions. 

The Minnesota River Congress Public Policy agenda process has now completed another stage. Six area meetings have been held and a significant number of resolutions have been submitted for consideration at the November 17Minnesota River Congress meeting in Mankato. In addition, many great ideas were raised at those meetings, those ideas wee discussed, and the individuals who raised the ideas were encouraged to draft and submit a finished resolution. 

Resolutions will be accepted from the floor of the congress, but only after all pre-submitted resolutions are discussed and voted upon. 

The Public Policy Team will organize the resolutions, possibly combine similar resolutions, and distribute a packet of all resolutions prior to the congress meeting on November 17

All resolutions will be forwarded to the congress for action.

Thank you to all for participating in this process up to this point.

Ted L. Suss 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Save the Dates for MN River Valley Master Plan Open House

Save the Dates for MN River Valley Master Plan Open House
Please save the dates 9/27 or 9/28 for a public workshop to discuss opportunities to expand outdoor recreation and conserve natural & cultural resources in the Minnesota River Valley (MRV) area within Redwood and Renville Counties. This project also seeks to strengthen and diversify the local economy while respecting private lands and heritage of the region. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Redwood and Renville Counties are collaborating to create the first MRV Recreation and Conservation Master Plan. We’re very interested in your ideas and participation!

Workshop objectives include:
Introduce the project
Share and discuss preliminary master plan solutions
Listen to and record your ideas and opinions

We’ll have displays, maps, comment forms, and handouts for you to learn more about the project area. The same workshop will held on two consecutive days. If you’re not able to attend one of the workshops in person, all workshop materials will be available on the project webpage. An online survey will also be distributed after the workshop to request additional input and your ideas.

Workshop Times and Locations
·        Tuesday, September 27 , evening (TBD) in Olivia at the Government Offices Bldg, Rm 117
·        Wednesday, September 28, evening (TBD) in Redwood Falls, Community Center, Rm #1

MRV Project Webpage

Send comments and questions to:

We hope you’ll join us for this workshop which will help create a framework for improvement and conservation of the beautiful Minnesota River Valley!

Please forward this email to anyone interested in the MRV and this master plan. Thank you!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Support needed for bonding for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

On behalf of the CREP Coalition, please see the following important Action Alert!

Please contact your legislators and encourage a bonding bill at the level which was proposed by the Governor. It is crucial to meet the needs of the state.  As you know these include critical environmental projects.

Talking points for Bonding Proposal

CREP Specific -
1.        Minnesota submitted a CREP proposal in early December to USDA (through Governor Dayton)
           ·      Calls for up to:  100,000 acres/over 5 years/$795 million (with a minimum of $161M state contribution).
           ·      Practices include buffer filter strips, wetland restoration, and wellhead protection for drinking water.
2.       Legislative support of $30M or larger for RIM in the Bonding Bill is key to leverage federal dollars and ensure the CREP will be successful.
3.       Why Now:

            ·      We have the science done (the studies show where the water quality and habitat problems are and what solutions are needed).

            ·      We are targeting the most critical acres (we are securing CRP and State RIM easements where it matters most) and practices to ensure long-term protection.

 4.       Economic Impact:

·         Based on an USDA economic assessment, $30 million of State RIM funding would create or maintain 280 jobs.

5.       The partnership is key

·         We’ve got ready, willing, and able landowners (and high demand for this program).

·         We have local technical staff and partners ready to make the CREP work.

·         This local/state/federal partnership will deliver long-term public benefits and cost-savings while providing agricultural producers with reasonable payment for the use of their land.

Please call or email your legislators now!  The discussions and decisions for the bonding bill are happening!