Josephine Marcotty | Star Tribune
Reporter | Environment

Josephine Marcotty writes about the environment and the relationship between people and nature for the Star Tribune, with a focus on agricultural pollution, mining, wolves and other critters, and climate change. Since arriving in Minnesota in 1979 from the Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, she's covered labor and economics, the food industry, airlines, and worked as the health and science editor. Her longest stint, ten years, was as a medical and science reporter. She's won a number of national journalism awards, including the 2009 National Headliner Award on the series "Your Choice: Health Care's New Era," the 2016 national Society of Environmental Journalists award for beat reporting, and the 2015 Online News Association first place award in explanatory reporting for the four-part series "Bees on the Brink."


Clean water vs. farm profits at heart of fertilizer-rule debate

New strategy relies on farmers to minimize the impact on water, placing farmers' yields above groundwater protection.


Overwatering lawns — and pavement — is the norm in the Twin Cities

A survey of 1,000 homeowners shows thirsty turf is sucking down the metro's water. On average, residents watered 500 square feet of pavement.


DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

The number of wolves in northeast Minnesota jumped 25 percent in the past year, most likely because deer, their favorite prey, saw a similar increase in population.


White Bear Lake court ruling could ripple across the state

Judge Margaret Marrinan said the state has failed to protect the lake from excessive groundwater pumping and ordered the DNR to limit water use in the surrounding communities.


Radio host and producer Tammy Raasch dies at 40

Twin Cities talk show radio host and producer Tammy Raasch had that remarkable combination of effervescence and doggedness that made her one of the best…


Goodhue County feedlot opponents say owner violates air standards

Neighbors opposed to a pending 4,700-hog operation measured air quality at other sites.


Air quality alert issued for Twin Cities, central Minnesota Thursday

Wildfires, hot air and sun to create unhealthy air.


U researchers help food companies track sustainability of corn

Breakthrough will help processors, farmers gauge true cost of raising crop.


Judge orders halt to $2.1 billion Red River flood project

Attorneys described the ruling as a turning point in the long-running battle over the project, one that could force negotiations.


Minnesota lakes holding their own against pollution

Billions in spending aiding the fight against threats like runoff, warming climate.