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.
2nd period surge leads Wild to fourth straight win
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Man, 40, found dead stuck in air duct at his Otter Tail Co. home
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What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday
The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.
Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic
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1 dead in crash at Lake Street intersection in south Minneapolis
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Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash in southern MN
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Foo Fighters abruptly cancel Gophers stadium show hours after announcing it
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MPCA seeks to add 300-plus lakes, streams to impaired waters list
For the first time, the MPCA listed waters in greater Minnesota as contaminated with PFAS.
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.
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.
MPCA approves plan to dump taconite in lake to control weeds
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency signed off on a plan to dump more than 13 tons of taconite concentrate into Rush Lake. The lake association wants to reduce the level of phosphorus, which leads to growth of algae and invasive pondweed. It hopes the taconite experiment will do the trick. Audubon Minnesota had argued for an environmental review.
Lawsuit: MPCA allows pollution of lakes
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for more than a decade has allowed a sewage treatment plant to pollute recreational lakes in Alexandria, an environmental law firm alleges in a new lawsuit. It's the latest in a string of complaints by advocacy groups who say the state's top environmental regulator is not tough enough in protecting Minnesota's lakes and rivers.
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
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