The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been waiting since 1988 for the river to drop to a late summer weekly average flow of under 1,500 cubic feet per second. On Friday, the river flow at Jordan was about 1,000 cubic feet per second. The levels offer the agency the rare ability to test water quality conditions more than two decades apart.
Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis
It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.
GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result
Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.
Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub
The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.
Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd
The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.
Rolled semi, livestock on freeway interchange in Woodbury
Traffic cameras showed what appeared to be hogs on the side of the road.
Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'
Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.
Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park
The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.
3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown
Two people in the house were uninjured.
Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery
The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.
SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher
Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.
Amber Alert for Kryssy King canceled, suspect still at large
Police beleived 15-year-old Kryssy King was with a 22-year-old man who remains wanted.
3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour
The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Minn. River getting cleaner, MPCA says
Minnesota environmental officials say cleanup efforts to cut phosphorous levels in the Minnesota River are making a difference, the Star Tribune reports. After testing this summer, the Pollution Control Agency found oxygen levels in one of the state's dirtiest waterways are better than expected. The agency credits a 2004 phosphorous reduction plan for sewage treatment plants
MPCA adds more Minnesota lakes and rivers to impaired list
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is placing 500 additional lakes and sections of rivers on its list of impaired waters. Minnesota now has more than 3,600 bodies of water on the list. MPR reports about 40 percent of the state's waters are considered to have an excess of nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, bacteria or other pollutants. Hundreds of clean-up plans have been developed over the past two decades, but less than 20 bodies of water have come of the list.
MPCA monitors NE Minn. lake, river for E. coli in wake of floods
Concerned about elevated levels of E. coli bacteria following last month's floods, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is continuing to conduct water sampling in Carlton County after raw sewage swept into the Moosehead Lake and the river access on the Moose Horn River near Sturgeon Lake.
Minnesota's list of polluted waters grows by more than 500
On the bright side, there are 13 lakes that were cleaned up enough to come off the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's semi-annual list of polluted waterways. On the other hand, more than 500 rivers and lakes were added to that list. There are now more than 3,600 bodies of water that are too polluted for fishing or swimming.
Low oxygen levels blamed for mass fish kill on Pelican River
Thousands of fish, including game fish like northern pike and bass, have turned up dead on a 2-mile stretch of the Pelican River, the Duluth News Tribune reports. A DNR officer says a lengthy drought led to low water levels in the fall, which likely exacerbated low oxygen levels.
Low river levels mean tighter restrictions, higher costs for barges leaving Minnesota
Although low water levels aren't an issue north of the Ohio River because of the lock-and-dam-system, those that ship by barge will have to ship lighter loads to avoid bottoming out. Lighter loads mean heavier costs for barges leaving Minnesota.
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