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 knowledge and use it to inform action," said Glenn Skuta, watershed division director for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The state must submit a list of polluted waters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency every two years. The list grows as Minnesota examines more waterways across the state.