MNTU and Minnesota’s Largest Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Groups Urge State Lawmakers to Take Action on DNR Funding Before it is too Late

MNTU and a broad coalition of Minnesota’s largest fishing, hunting and outdoors groups is warning state lawmakers that inaction could harm fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation and jeopardize the state’s $5.5 Billion tourism industry. In a letter to top leaders of both parties in the Minnesota House and Senate, the coalition of more than 40 groups urges the legislature to pass modest license fee increases as proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and restore historical funding for fish

Native Lake Trout Waters in BWCAW Protected by Federal Agency Decisions

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture today announced important steps to protect the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), which is home to Minnesota’s native inland lake trout stocks.  The agencies denied Twin Metals’ application for renewal of two hard rock mineral leases in the area and began the process of withdrawing key portions of the watershed from new federal mineral permits and leases.  Read the agency announcements and find links to the

Help Prevent Loss of Protections for Trout Streams – Comments Due by Nov 7

Forty-one trout streams are slated to lose their protective “designated trout stream” status under a proposal by the MNDNR.  Comments are due by Monday November 7, 2016.  This is your last chance to provide evidence that these streams recently did, currently do, or could sustain trout with some active management.  Protections will be removed from 195 miles of streams.  Most of these streams are located in the north metro, central and north central Minnesota – areas where very few trout streams

Comments needed on Lake Superior management plan by May 8

The deadline for commenting on the DNR’s proposed revision of the management plan for Lake Superior and its tributaries is rapidly approaching.   Comments are due by Sunday May 8. Here is the link to the webpage, which has draft plan and instructions on how to comment on-line or by phone:   Please note that you can cut and paste comments into the on-line survey, especially into the last box provided with survey item number 13. The DNR has received very

Attack on Groundwater and Trout Streams Has Begun Again

Two legislators have renewed efforts to roll back basic protections for drinking water supplies and trout fisheries.  Rep. Howe (R – Rockville) and Rep. Newberger (R- Becker) recently introduced H.F. 3399 and H.F. 3400, which undermine groundwater sustainability requirements and effectively prevent DNR from restricting excessive, unsustainable pumping of groundwater until after trout fisheries are harmed or destroyed and drinking water sources are depleted. Drinking water aquifers in many areas of the state are being steadily depleted through excessive, unsustainable pumping

Urge Governor Dayton to vote “no” on test case of Great Lakes Compact and protect Lake Superior from future water diversions

On Thursday March 3, 2016 the DNR hosts a meeting in Duluth regarding a decision which could set a precedent either to allow Lake Superior waters to be diverted out of the basin or to prevent such diversions.  The first test of the Great Lakes Compact is here – in the form of an application by the city of Waukesha, WI to divert water out of the Great Lakes basin.  It is important that Governor Dayton vote “no” on this application