MN Public Radio: MN adds more than 300 lakes, streams to polluted water listPosted Jul 13, 2016
Minnesota is adding more than 300 lakes, rivers and streams to its list of waters impaired by pollution.
About two-thirds of Minnesota watersheds have been tested and 40 percent of Minnesota rivers and lakes have been found to be impaired by farm runoff, bacteria, mercury or other pollutants.
"Having the knowledge of what percent of our waters are impaired and which particular waters are impaired is important, but what is most important is that we then take that data and information and... Read More »
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Here’s where Minnesota farms’ waterway buffer strips must bePosted Jul 12, 2016
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released maps of vegetative buffer strips designed to protect water quality from farm runoff and pollution.
The maps are the long-awaited tool that will help landowners comply with — and local officials enforce — new buffer laws lawmakers approved in 2015.
The debate over the requirements pitted the state’s major agricultural groups against water-quality and conservation groups, as new studies... Read More »
GovTech: Containing Dangerous Contaminant: Minnesota Scrambles for Clean WaterPosted Jun 21, 2016
A potentially cancer-causing chemical recently detected in the groundwater of two north metro cities has officials using stopgap measures to ensure the water supply is safe until they can make multimillion-dollar upgrades to their treatment plants.
Those measures include shutting off some wells, temporarily connecting to a Minneapolis water main, and shutting down splashy kids’ parks to conserve water.
The industrial chemical -- 1,4 dioxane -- comes from the long-closed Twin Cities Army... Read More »
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