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High temperatures combined with rainfall can create the conditions for harmful blue-green algae.
On three occasions between May 2013 and April 2014, failures in the pipeline and a breach in the tailings basin perimeter dike caused the release of about 8,500 cubic yards of tailings slurry and aggregate from a washed-out dike road into 15.3 acres of adjacent wetlands and the pipeline ditch.
The MPCA completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and will accept comments on it until 4:30 p.m. on July 22, 2015.
In addition to correcting identified problems, the company paid a $30,000 penalty.
Those interested may comment on the proposed feedlot EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 8, 2015.
Last year the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to help small businesses reduce pollutants and so far, 12  have received more than $400,000 in grants.
Completed member applications must be submitted by June 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
A new study released by the MPCA shows that lakes and streams, even in remote parts of Minnesota, are contaminated by pharmaceuticals, cosmetic ingredients and endocrine-disrupting compounds.
Reducing phosphorus that causes algae in lakes and rivers is the goal of innovative approaches proposed in wastewater permits for the city of Princeton and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.
The EAW for the proposed project is available for public comment through June 24, 2015.
Monitoring crews from the MPCA are beginning the eighth year of a 10-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is being held at the First Lutheran Church at 424 S. 8th Street in Brainerd.
Urban and agricultural runoff are impairing the quality of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams.
The MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through May 27, 2015.
The MPCA has reached the midpoint of their first-ever comprehensive look at water quality throughout Minnesota.
Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the environmental review document for the sewer rehabilitation and replacement project in Burnsville until 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015.
Minnesota GreenCorps is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program that places members with organizations around the state to spend 11 months of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.
In St. Cloud, Mankato and Windom, pilot projects are underway to try out new methods that may help other cities discharge fewer contaminants and treat wastewater in a more cost-effective way.
Public comments will be accepted through May 19, 2015.
Minnesota communities are struggling with the impacts of climate change, including extreme storms and flooding and increased temperatures intensified by higher humidity.
Penalties from all 58 cases totaled $346,736.
This Earth Day, the MPCA honors the work of citizens around the state who are responding to water quality threats to their beloved lakes.
The MPCA and other state, federal and county water quality experts will begin a ten-year process of monitoring, assessing and protecting good water quality or restoring impaired waters in the Vermilion River Watershed.
In addition to correcting the violations, the company has paid a $125,000 civil penalty.
Volunteer monitoring programs give Minnesotans the opportunity to participate in the long-term protection of lakes and streams by collecting valuable information the state will use to make decisions to maintain and improve the health of our waters.
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