Thanksgiving Traditions and the MN Clean Water Act

26 11 2008

One of our Thanksgiving holiday traditions is to have Grandpa Lyle take us for a tractor/hayride through the country.  We stopped down by the river to let the boys check out the ice forming and to throw rocks in the water.  The boys are encouraging Jason to test his strength by trying to crack the ice with a boulder.  Either the ice was really thick or Jason was weak because the ice didn’t break.rock

Also down in this river area near Grandpa’s house is a rain garden.  Good things are happening in Minnesota to protect our environment.

raingarden

If you haven’t heard, we just passed our Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment:

The current general sales and use tax rate is 6.5%. Sales tax revenue is deposited in the state General Fund. The amendment will increase the general sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percentage point (0.375%) to 6.875% and dedicate the additional proceeds as follows:

• 33% to a newly created Outdoor Heritage Fund to be spent only to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for game, fish, and wildlife (approximately $80 million in FY 2010 and $91 million in FY 2011);

• 33% to a newly-created Clean Water Fund to be spent only to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater, with at least 5% of the fund spent to protect drinking water sources (approximately $80 million in FY 2010 and $91 million in FY 2011);

• 14.25% to a newly created Parks and Trails Fund to be spent only to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance (approximately $35 million in FY 2010 and $39 million in FY 2011);

• 19.75% to a newly created Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to be spent only for arts, arts education, and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage (approximately $48 million in FY 2010 and $54.5 million in FY 2011).