Survey says: Several Minnesota communities still won’t address climate change – KBJR 6

by | May 4, 2022 | Climate Change

DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) – One in four communities across Minnesota have no plans to address extreme weather events caused by climate change.That’s according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).A new survey conducted by the MPCA and numerous community leaders including Biwabik City Administrator Jeff Jacobson showed the number of communities combating climate change across Minnesota.Nearly 400 communities across the state participated in the survey and more than 80% said they have endured more extreme weather.Some of the extreme weather included excessive rainfall, drought, and flooding.Jacobson said climate change goes beyond just environmental issues, it hurts small town economies.Jacobson explained “If the ski hill is not able to provide the right amount of snow in the winter or the water that is required to keep the golf courses going in the summer, that has a major impact on our visitors.”The MPCA is urging legislators to pass a $21 million bill to improve storm-water infrastructure as well as an additional $55 million to increase resiliency action.Some of the resiliency actions range from stream-bank restoration to tree planting.To find out more details about the survey, click here.Copyright 2022 KBJR. All rights reserved. …

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