Conservation Minnesota's Paul Austin compiled a list for the Star Tribune today of good news about Minnesota's environment.
Minnesota's exponential growth of clean energy jobs and our first-in-the-nation law banning chemical BPA from baby bottles made the list.
One of downtown Minneapolis' newest residents - a river otter - is a sign that the quality of water in the Mississippi River has greatly improved in recent years. River otters are fastidious about pollution and haven't lived in the Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi for over thirty years.
The Minnesota DNR released a clutch of river otters into the Mississippi River north of the Twin Cities ten years ago. And now, at least one of the new otter population has made home in the once heavily polluted downtown Minneapolis stretch of the river.
The otter has been spotted around the eastern edge of Nicollet Island and by Water Power Park.
One otter does not a clean environment make, but we'll take all the encouraging news we can get, and here's hoping Minnesota's recent success in environmental legislation, conservation, pollution control, and creating clean jobs helps other similar projects succeed.