Josephine Marcotty | Star Tribune
Reporter | Environment

Josephine Marcotty has covered the environment in Minnesota for eight years, with expertise in water quality, agriculture, critters and mining. Prior to that she was a medical reporter, with an emphasis on mental illness, transplant medicine and reproductive health care.

Marcotty has been working as a journalist since she attended college at the University Michigan, but has spent most of her career at the Star Tribune. She lives in south Minneapolis — within biking distance of the newsroom — with her husband and her dog. She spends a lot of time on the water, either on the lakes in her neighborhood, or on Lake Superior where she is learning to sail.


Is benefit of having trees 'oversold' in green space planning?

A new science of valuing nature will shape our urban projects of the future.


Dec. 27: With spigot open, southwestern Minnesota towns flourish

No longer just a pipe dream, far-sighted water system set up parched towns for growth.


With spigot open, a region flourishes

Far-sighted water system set up towns for growth


Baby's death sparks water safety fight with the ag industry

To many neighbors in this small Wisconsin community, the proliferation of giant irrigation rigs that arc over mile after mile of flat farm fields create an untenable drain on water that is tearing communities apart.


In small brewery town, options for water are running dry

Cold Spring's quandary — protecting a trout stream while supplying water to a fast-growing employer — is just one of many challenges emerging across Minnesota as a state renowned for its abundant water confronts a difficult new fact of life.


Shooting deaths of four bald eagles in Minnesota prompt federal probe

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information as the investigation is stepped up.


Environmental groups file Appeals Court challenge to PolyMet permits

A handful of environmental groups have asked the state Court of Appeals to reject permits granted for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, a proposal by PolyMet…


Dayton task force finds many ways to give bees a chance, but splits on insecticide use

The members, appointed by the governor, found common ground over better habitat, education, but split over how to reduce pollinators' exposure to neonicotinoids.


Farms and forests could be key to curbing greenhouse gas emissions

Managing landscapes can hold more carbon in soil, grass and trees, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


'Sigh of relief' can turn into turbulence quickly on the Iron Range, like after this PolyMet ruling

Permit approvals for PolyMet open a new chapter in an old struggle.