MN Public Radio: Random acts of conservationPosted May 17, 2016
Farming is a big part of Minnesota's clean water problem.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates that 40 percent of the state's lakes and streams are polluted. Much of that pollution is from soil, fertilizer and other contaminants flowing off farm fields — and cleaning it up is almost solely reliant on the goodwill of farmers. Cropland isn't regulated as a pollution source.
MN Public Radio: Can Minnesota stop polluting its lakes, rivers?Posted May 16, 2016
Jeff Broberg had long agonized about the health of the Whitewater River. But when 10,000 fish died suddenly and inexplicably in the river last summer after heavy rains, alarms went off.
The Whitewater, southeastern Minnesota's iconic trout stream, is known nationally for its pristine beauty and fishing. Yet the rains had turned it, temporarily, into a kill zone.
An environmental consultant who fishes the river, Broberg worried farm pollution could strip the Whitewater of its trout. State... Read More »
May 1-7 is Safe Drinking Water Week in MinnesotaPosted May 06, 2016
Recognizing that Minnesotans’ health and quality of life depend on an ample supply of safe drinking water, Governor Mark Dayton has declared May 1-7 as Safe Drinking Water Week in Minnesota. In observance of the week, state health officials are inviting Minnesotans to consider what they can do in their homes and communities to protect their drinking water sources and help ensure safe drinking water.
The week coincides with National Drinking Water Week, which... Read More »
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