Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A state environmental group is reaching out to citizens to learn about ways to battle pollution in Minnesota. The Environmental Quality Board hosted a citizen forum at the Lake Superior College allowing community members to voice their concerns about the environment. The board stressed the importance of solar energy as well as protecting land, waterways, and communities from toxic sulfide mining. Leaders spoke about more preventive measures to reduce pollution from agricultural practices, which may negatively impact water quality. "We know in the environment that we don't think short term. We think long term, because it takes decades for our environment to change—better or worse—and so we want to get people's thoughts about how we ought to get the best look at that," John Steine, an event speaker, said. The public forum is one of six being held in the state. Justin Reis, NNC.