The ballot measure is the largest by any state to focus on conservation, surpassing the previous record of $2.9 billion set by New Jersey in 1998.
“Minnesota voters are willing to pay to protect our waters and natural lands for our children and grandchildren,” Susan Schmidt, director of The Trust for Public Land’s Minnesota Office (TPL), said in a press release. “They know that these lakes and natural lands play an important role in preserving our quality of life.”
The ballot measure will invest $290 million annually over the next 25 years — protecting parks, natural areas, wetlands and other areas necessary for clean water, culturally historic regions and trails.
“Tuesday’s results demonstrate sustained support among voters for new investments in land conservation, even in a very tough economic climate,” said Ernest Cook, Director of TPL’s Conservation Finance program, in the same press release.
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Source : MarketWatch
Circle of Blue’s east coast correspondent based in New York. He specializes on water conflict and the water-food-energy nexus. He previously worked as a political risk analyst covering equatorial Africa’s energy sector, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact: Cody.Pope@circleofblue.org