Minnesota Ranks High in Many Green State Practices PDF Print E-mail


But Did You Know It Ranks in the Middle

on Its Contribution to Climate Change?


jon watsonsonja trom eayrsWe’d like to thank the many people who attended the April Think Again Brooklyns Forum, “Reaching for Clean Air and Water in MN’s Cities and Countryside.”  Our speakers shared excellent information, Sonja Trom Eayrs on the impact of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) on the family farmers in Dodge County and Jon Watson on the aquifers that serve as the sources of water for Brooklyn Park and the filters through which it passes.  Our attendees asked many thoughtful questions.

Brooklyn Park’s water comes from 10 municipal wells that draw most of their water from the Quaternary glacial drift aquifer.  The water from this aquifer has high levels of manganese, iron, magnesium, and calcium.  The water is transmitted to Brooklyn Park’s water treatment facility where it is run through filters for 72 hours which remove the manganese and iron.  However, the calcium remains and is removed through water softeners at the point of use.  The calcium could be removed and is removed from water by the city of Minneapolis, but Jon Watson noted that it would raise the cost of water from $2.20 per thousand gallons of water to over $6 per thousand gallons.

A rating of the green status of the states, “2019’s Greenest States,” was published a few days after the forum.  Though MN ranked high in many green practices such as recycling, the number of LEED’s buildings, renewable energy consumption, smart meters, and green transportation, it ranked towards the middle on its climate change contributions.  Though MN has reduced its carbon emissions 15% through the use of renewable energy, both wind and solar, its methane emissions have increased a substantial 10% due to MN's having the 2nd highest number of CAFO's of all states.  This lowers MN’s net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GhG’s) to just 5%.


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If you haven’t seen it, for a quick introduction to the impact of CAFOs on traditional family farms, Watch the 6 minute video on Newberg Township’s battle to keep CAFOs out of Karst Country.








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