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September 23, 2020

Not more bureaucracy

To the editor:

The VOTE YES MN amendment is a really great idea.  It's goals are without reproach-our lakes and streams need to be protected, they need to be cleaner.  Only a fool would disagree with the aims of this amendment. 

But I wonder if people realize just how many agencies already have their fingers in the clean water/environment pie...or how many $$ these agencies have squandered since the Clean Air and Water Act was passed in the 1970s? 

We already have, to name a few, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), the DNR (Dept of Natural Resources), the MPCA (MN Pollution Control Agency), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the MN. Dept. of Ag., the FSA (Farm Service Agency), the Watershed Districts, the Shoreline associations, the parks boards, and "if you can float a boat in it," the Army Corp of Engineers must be involved. 

Still, we continue to have shopping centers and housing developments built on marshes.  Is adding another agency really going to solve the problem?  Do we really need another agency to fight over our tax dollars-and spend millions over merely maintaining their own little kingdoms? 

Wouldn't a better option be to reduce the number of agencies, streamline their efforts, and make them more accountable for the funds they use?  If they want more citizen representation within these agencies, fine, but taxpayers need to see results - not more bureaucracy.

Nora Felton

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