Steve Schultz

Minnesota’s Great Lakes Day team meeting with Republican U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn (CD-1)

Minnesotans Meet with Congressional Delegation to Prioritize Great Lakes Protection and Drinking Water

March 24, 2020

Clean Water Action Minnesota was in DC to talk about and support the GLRI Act of 2019 and advocated for significantly increasing federal funding for clean water and safe drinking water programs. The GLRI Act would provide stability for Great Lakes funding for at least five years, provide secure and stable funding, and will encourage more state and local governments, as well as private businesses, to invest in protection and restoration across the Great Lakes basin. 

Putting Drinking Water First in Minnesota

October 13, 2019

Polls consistently show that people consider drinking water one of the most important public health and environmental issues we face. But policies at the local, state, and federal level do not always reflect this. We think that should change and that we need to act like drinking water matters, we need to put drinking water first.  This approach is at the core of Clean Water Action’s programs and campaigns. 

Bioswales like this help control storm water bring the beauty of nature to Providence College’s urban campus. Photo By Dave Everett

It’s Fall! Here are Some Tips for a Healthy Fall Lawn and Gardens While Protecting Our Water!

September 25, 2019

In pursuit of creating a beautiful lawn and garden, many people unknowingly contaminate nearby lakes, rivers, and streams with fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. As we prepare our lawns and gardens for winter, you should know that what you do in your yard has a direct and indirect effect on the quality of our water. How long you cut your grass, how often you cut it, how much water and fertilizer you use and what you do with the grass clippings all affect the amount of pollution that ends up in our water.

Farm Field

Minnesota Legislative Session Preview: Addressing Corporate Ag. Pollution

November 27, 2018

The 2019 Minnesota State Legislative Session starts January 8th.  In the weeks leading up to the start of session we are going send you a brief weekly preview of the issues we want to address and the solutions we will be pushing at the Capitol. This week’s focus is on excessive runoff from corporate, industrial agricultural farm fields in Minnesota.

A garden

Guide to Healthy Lawns and Gardens for Clean Water

May 2, 2018

It took awhile, but it seems spring is finally here!  In pursuit of creating a beautiful lawn and garden, many people unknowingly contaminate nearby lakes, rivers, and streams with fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Before you pull the lawn mower out of storage and get to work, you should know that what you do in your yard has a direct and indirect effect on the quality of our water. How long you cut your grass, how often you cut it, how much water and fertilizer you use and what you do with the grass clippings all impact the amount of pollution that ends up in our water.

Water droplet-John Jones

Protecting Groundwater to Protect Public Health

April 17, 2018

Clean water and public health are top priorities for us over at Clean Water Action which is why we are at the frontlines fighting for these issues in our State Capitol. We believe that access to clean, healthy and safe drinking water is the basis of health and wellbeing for everyone. For us, it all begins with water.

In order to put our drinking water first, we need our elected and appointed government officials to get on board by making smart decisions that protect our drinking water sources. However, this hasn’t been the case in our beautiful state.

Icebergs on Lake Superior-Justin Vrba

Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Cut in Trump's Budget

March 15, 2018

The Great Lakes are national treasures.

Not just for the millions of tourists that visit the scenic shores each year, but for the diverse ecosystem that lives beneath the surface and yes, the millions of people, like you that depend on the Great Lakes for fresh water.

The Great Lakes contain 20% of the Earth's fresh surface water which makes them vital to the people, communities, wildlife, and economy of the eight-state Great Lakes region.

photo: flickr.com/23155134@N06 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cleaning Up Corporate Ag, Cleaning Up Our Water

May 18, 2016

There’s nothing better on a spring or summer day in Minnesota than enjoying a relaxing day in the sun, swimming or fishing on your favorite lake or river. Unfortunately, in many parts of the state this isn’t possible or safe because the water isn’t clean enough. Excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices are among the biggest obstacles to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams.

Designated Infested Waterway sign / photo: Steve Schultz

Hook the Big One, Not a Wad of Eurasian Milfoil

May 12, 2016

The fishing opener is this weekend and thousands of anglers will be getting out on Minnesota’s lakes and rivers looking to hook the big one! Unfortunately, many lakes and rivers are either infested with or threatened by invasive species. The threat of invasive species is real and smacking us across the face every time we get out and try to enjoy our favorite waterways.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Bringing the Great Lakes to Washington

April 7, 2016

In March, we led a group of eight Minnesotans to Washington, D.C. for Great Lakes Day to continue our education and advocacy with the Minnesota Congressional delegation. We were joined by nearly 100 other advocates from around the Great Lakes region who were meeting with their representatives from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  

Our team met with Senator Franken, Senator Klobuchar, and Representative Rick Nolan in person, and with staff from the offices of Representatives Kline, McCollum, Paulsen, Peterson, and Walz.