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The May/June 2021 Newsletter

Newsletters are published twice a year. They contain articles related to the mission of the Scholarship. The summer issue introduce the current year scholarship recipient. Click on an image in order to download a pdf or e-publication of that issue. You can sign up on the mailing list to receive notification of new issues as they are released.

Newsletter No. 14, January 2022, announces the 2022 Scholarship availability, and includes discussions about hether clean drinking water is a right or a privilege.

The center section addresses the historic drop in purity in our water, air, soil, healthy forests and precipitous drop in pollinators world wide.

This newsletter makes many references to related publications. Below are the links:

An assessment of published data

https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2020-in-minnesotas-farm-country-nitrate-pollution-of-drinking-water-getting-worse/


Discussions of what and when Antropocene is

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anthropocene

http://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/anthropocene/


More than 300 polluted lakes and rivers added to Minnesota's impaired waters list.

https://www.startribune.com/more-than-300-polluted-lakes-and-rivers-added-to-minnesota-s-impaired-waters-list/600114254/


Drinking water nitrate and human health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6068531/


Pesticides are killing the world’s soils

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pesticides-are-killing-the-worlds-soils/


Soil Health case studies from Sustainable Agriculture Association

https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/216961/2020_CASE_STUDIES_web.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y


Bad air quality in Minnesota

https://thescienceofair.com/bad-air-quality-in-minnesota/


Drinking water protection

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/dwp.html


Karst in Minnesota (everything you should know about karst, lesson plans and videos, etc)

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/karst-minnesota


Nitrate in drinking water

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/contaminants/nitrate.html


Source for nitrate map:

https://www.lccmr.mn.gov/projects/2019/work_plan_drafts/2019_04m.pdf


Report: Nitrate in drinking water a costly problem for small, rural cities

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/10/02/report-nitrate-drinking-water-costly-problem-


Water quality standards: Costs and benefits for-small-rural-cities

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/water-quality-standards-costs-and-benefits