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The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside.

The Eco Experience building is full of family-friendly, interactive and informative activities that your kids will love. Come join us to explore clean water, climate change, recycling, air quality, transportation, gardening and healthy food. There are hours of free fun are to be had for the young and young-at-heart at the Eco Experience.

Have your first stop at the fair this year be Eco Experience and its beautiful front yard. Discover how the exhibits that adorn the building can put a little green in your life.

July 29, 2015 09:16

The power of change

Storms and flooding show us just how much weather can affect our daily lives, especially right here in Minnesota. Foreseeing what winter might bring, or predicting how climate might change in the future is extremely important because it can help us prepare for changes and improve our communities’ resilience.

There are hundreds of ideas at Eco Experience to take home. Learn tips and tricks for all things home improvement, whether it’s indoors or in the yard. Make sure to make Eco Experience a stop on your state fair adventure and explore the future in green building.

Citizen Scientists are volunteer data collectors. In collaboration with professional scientists, they observe and record information about the natural world like weather, wildlife, plants and so much more.

The MPCA is accepting comments on the report through Aug. 26, 2015.

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in this environmentally themed building. Read on to find out what’s new in the building this year!

The public may submit written comments on the R & R Thier Feedlots Inc.  EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2015. 
Penalties from all 52 cases totaled $311,303.

The report, “Life and Breath: How Air Pollution in the Twin Cities Affects Public Health” is being jointly released today the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The report analyzed MPCA air quality data and health data from the MDH to estimate the effects of air pollution on health outcomes for people living in the seven-county metro area.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites comments through August 5 on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed expansion of an ash landfill in Mankato.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency penalized Saint Louis County and its contractor, Hammerlund Construction of Grand Rapids, for construction stormwater violations at a two-mile-long road construction site in Duluth.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency invites comments on an environmental worksheet for a proposed power station in Owatonna.

In-depth monitoring and analysis has identified high levels of bacteria, sediment, and phosphorus in many of the bodies of water in the watershed.
Comments are being accepted through August 3, 2015.
While air quality is currently good across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, smoke may return to the area later today.
Poor air quality expected in northcentral Minnesota due to smoke from Canadian fires
High temperatures combined with rainfall can create the conditions for harmful blue-green algae.
On three occasions between May 2013 and April 2014, failures in the pipeline and a breach in the tailings basin perimeter dike caused the release of about 8,500 cubic yards of tailings slurry and aggregate from a washed-out dike road into 15.3 acres of adjacent wetlands and the pipeline ditch.
The MPCA completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and will accept comments on it until 4:30 p.m. on July 22, 2015.
In addition to correcting identified problems, the company paid a $30,000 penalty.
Those interested may comment on the proposed feedlot EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 8, 2015.
Last year the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to help small businesses reduce pollutants and so far, 12  have received more than $400,000 in grants.
Completed member applications must be submitted by June 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
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