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Raid on Environmental Trust Fund

One of the bills which passed in the final hours of the MN legislative session was a bonding bill to which the LCCMR/ENRTF bill was amended.  The bill includes a raid on funds in the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), which are constitutionally dedicated for environmental purposes.  Here is a link to Dennis Anderson’s article in today’s StarTribune summarizing this issue: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-s-republican-leaders-have-outdoors-fund-headed-in-wrong-direction/483404131/   This raid sets a dangerous precedent and diverts many millions of ENRTF funds every year for

May 14 Legislative Update – with one week to end of session

The MN Legislature session ends in one week. It has been a strange session with few bills passed and instead a monster “omnibus omnibus” bill which plods forward.  It contains environmental policy provisions.  Since the Senate and House versions of this bill differ, the bill is in a conference committee to resolve differences.  Here is a link to the side by side comparison of the environmental provisions of the bills:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/side_by_sides/sbs_document.php/sbs_S3656arts13-15.pdf?id=2437160 MNTU continues working with many partners to try to getting

Legislative Update – April 24

Policy decisions by the MN Legislature decide the health and persistence of coldwater fisheries around Minnesota and in Lake Superior.  Speaking up for clean water and coldwater fisheries is vital to ensuing places for us, our children and our friends to enjoy quality trout, steelhead and salmon fishing in the future.  This update provides the background you need to understand the current threats and how you might help before the Legislature’s May 21 adjournment.   Last Friday was the MN Legislature’s

Urgently need calls to U.S. Senators to prevent new aquatic invasive species in MN and Lake Superior.

We urgently need your calls to our U.S. Senators, Klobuchar and Smith, asking them to oppose the Coast Guard Authorization Act because it contains bad ballast water provisions that will increase the risk of new invasions of aquatic invasive species. The Senate will hold a vote on the Coast Guard bill tomorrow (Wednesday). It takes 60 votes to move the bill.  Neither of our Senators has announced her position.   Please contact both Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith TODAY

MN Legislature is about to take away the state’s authority to protect groundwater and drinking water.

On Monday afternoon April 16, both the Minnesota House and Senate will debate bills that limit the state’s ability to protect our groundwater, which is both our drinking water and the lifeblood of trout streams.   Existing Minnesota law gives the state authority to protect groundwater and drinking water. It is called the Groundwater Protection Act and it was passed in 1989 with broad support from both political parties. Contamination from rising nitrate levels is impacting thousands of people and dozens

Minnesota Trout Unlimited welcomes MNDNR change in stocking to protect and recover Lake Superior steelhead.

March 15, 2018 Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that it will make long overdue changes in stocking practices in North Shore rivers in order to preserve and rebuild Minnesota’s unique wild steelhead fishery, while allowing time for full recovery of the population before any harvest of wild steelhead.   Cessation of kamloops stocking is the only defensible course of action MNTU especially applauds the DNR’s decision to cease the dangerous practice

New website launched

On November 16, 2017 we hurriedly launch our newly designed website, warts and all, when our previous site crashed unexpectedly.  While the new site is not completed and has some outdated information, we will be working diligently to revise content and them begin importing lots of new content.  Thank you for your patience as we work to provide more, clearer content to keep you better informed about how Minnesota Trout Unlimited and our local chapters are working for you to protect,

Legislature Ignoring Anglers – Calls Needed Today on Fee Increase and Buffers

Increased funding is needed to protect and improve our fisheries, yet legislative leaders are ignoring anglers’ request for a small fee increase to maintain quality fishing.  The legislative session ends Sunday, BUT CALLS TODAY CAN TURN THE TIDE.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Please take 2 minutes and place short calls (or send e mails) to key leaders today. Your message to them can be this simple: Include the DNR fishing and hunting fee increases in the final budget bills.  A

Tell Legislators to Stop Attacks on Clean Water and Minnesota Trout Streams

The MN Legislature is poised to remove the 50 foot buffers from trout streams in place since the 1980s.  They plan to roll back basic water protections, push an anti-public lands agenda and cut core funding from DNR and MPCA as well.  Legislators are claiming that they are not hearing from voters. We all need to speak up (again).  Please e mail or call this week. Ask your legislators to: Leave the buffer law alone – stop gutting the decades-old 50

North Shore Steelhead Need Your Help

Anglers needed to gather scale samples from steelhead in 2017; and to harvest Kamloops to reduce disastrous hybridization For the past two decades DNR has been playing a dangerous game of roulette with our North Shore steelhead fishery.  Despite numerous studies indicating that stocking domesticated hatchery strain “kamloops” rainbows would likely interfere with steelhead reproduction and recovery, the agency has run an artificial put-and-take program using these domesticated fish.  Until last year the DNR lacked sophisticated genetic testing tools which could