Coon Rapids is a suburban city of about 61,000 people on the Mississippi north of Minneapolis. Development here exploded in the 50's and 60's with the post-war building/baby boom. In Coon Rapids, a group of citizens have banded together to build solar energy investment across the city.
The Coon Rapids Regenerative Energy Task Force formed in 2019. Members include a state senator, a former state legislator, a city ‘council member, a Coon Rapids Sustainability commission member, a student at the Anoka Ramsey Community College and advisors from the Three Rivers Parks District and Xcel Energy. The motivation was to accelerate the process of using more sustainable energy in our city and less carbon-based energy. Lonni McCauley, a founding member of the Task Force, said, "You only have to learn of the fires in Australia, the flood in Vienna and the tornadoes and floods in the South to get realize you can’t sit still and do nothing."
This group has gotten a lot done in their six months of existence. So far, their accomplishments include:
We look forward to seeing where the next six months take this group! This project is a product of the Upper Mississippi River Region ILO which is promoting clean water and a mitigation of climate change.
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I live where Line 3, to transport tar sand oil from Canada to Duluth, is proposed. Opposition is strong, but must rely on volunteers and the courts to defend it against the big corporation that seems to have unlimited funding to support it. I'm a strong supporter of "green" energy that feeds into the existing distribution lines, everywhere it is feasible. We must do more to reduce Minnesota's dependence on fossil fuels, even domestic, for our needs. Thanks for your work in the Twin Cities. Know that we're also working hard to protect the Mississippi watershed!
In November i attended a seminar sponsored by the MRN in St. Louis Missouri. I was so impressed at the work that is being done to help people in the river communities strive for sustainable living conditions and working toward helping to keep the Mississippi clean.
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