Jean Wagenius represented Minneapolis as a Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmaker in the Minnesota House from 1987-2021.
For climate and clean water, state agencies need Walz to lead
By: Jean Wagenius - June 8, 2023
To their credit, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Minnesota 50% by 2030. The Legislature included the same goal in the final environment/energy bill which is now law. It’s the goal science tells us we must meet globally to avoid the worst impacts of […]
Minnesota Department of Health isn’t properly enforcing drinking water law, and kids will suffer
By: Jean Wagenius - March 2, 2023
The Minnesota Department of Health recently began a formal rulemaking process to establish safe drinking water standards for 17 contaminants and update 19 other existing standards. These standards are called health risk limits, or HRLs. When the process is complete, Minnesota law says that these rules “shall have the force and effect of law.” That […]
State agencies could have protected Minnesota’s waters. They still can.
By: Jean Wagenius - February 2, 2023
The failure of Minnesota’s state agencies to protect Minnesota’s drinking water is documented once again in “Agriculture pollutes underground drinking water in Minnesota. Well owners pay the price” by Madi McVan of Investigate Midwest, published by the Reformer on Jan. 17. The story raises questions that deserve answers: Why do well owners, whose groundwater has […]