Anderson: Three key meetings coming up to save region's prairies

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 31, 2013 - 12:37 AM

Conservationists and policymakers will meet several times in June on saving grasslands and wetlands in Minnesota and the Dakotas. They are quickly being lost.

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ruphinaMay. 31, 13 9:36 AM

How about making drainage ditches wider and deeper, with overflow dams that have a culvert at the old normal level and a grass buffer? That slows down flash floods, leaves a series of small pond behind each dam (hence the deeper part)that catch sediment, and creates both wetland and prairie habitat in corridors (meeting the connected part mentioned in the article). To pay for the easements, we should implement an environmental tax that taxes farmers on their runoff and silt discharge. If they put in the drainage systems as described to alleviate the pollution, the easement would cover the tax. And we should use Legacy money to partner with the farmer 50/50 to do it. If they decline to participate, then they pay the tax. Bill G.

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yoymrdoeMay. 31, 13 4:09 PM

Didn't the Democrats promise that this last increase in the rate of taxes, fees, fines and indirect taxes would be the last ever needed and that all of their needs for society were fully funded?

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