Save your seat for Green Ideas and Ham on April 7th.
Here in Minnesota, the biggest threat to our waterways is the way in which corporate agribusinesses are running — and ruining — Minnesota's farms. Factory farms crowd too many animals into too little space with no place to put all their waste. Other corporate agribusinesses spread too much fertilizer and too many chemicals onto the land. And they take too little care to keep all of this manure and other pollution out of our waterways.
The consequences of corporate agribusinesses' irresponsible practices include an enormous bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie that contaminated the drinking water of 500,000 people, and nitrate contamination (which can cause "blue baby syndrome") in 60 percent of wells across southern and central Minnesota . To address this growing problem, Environment Minnesota launched a new campaign in December to get corporate agribusinesses to clean up their act.
RSVP today for April Green Ideas and Ham to learn more about our newest clean water campaign.
Joining us to talk about the consequences of farms on Minnesota's waterways is Sonja Trom Eayrs, founder and executive director of Dodge County Concerned Citizens (DCCC). Over the past ten years, Sonja's family has seen their family farm surrounded by 11 factory farms in a 3-mile radius. And for the past three years, Sonja has led DCCC in the fight to stop the proliferation of factory farms across her county. Come learn more about her fight and what Environment Minnesota is doing to help.
And to celebrate Governor Dayton's major recent announcement that he will block the controversial Twin Metals copper-nickel mine , Sam Chadwick, deputy campaign manager for Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, will join us to talk about the victory and offer insight into how it was won.
We hope you'll join us for the discussion.
As always, the event costs $15 for each attendee ($5 to Environment Minnesota and $10 to Red Stag Supperclub).
What: Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast Forum on Water
When: Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:30.
Where: Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis MN
 Report warns of contaminated central Minnesota groundwater, Feb. 25, 2016, Star Tribune
 Dayton rebuffs Twin Metals mine proposal, citing risks to BWCA, Mar. 7, 2016, Star Tribune