Does it seems like the number of alerts due to wildfires has increased in the past few years? We’ve had 26 air-quality alerts since 2015—14 of those were due to wildfire smoke. That’s twice the number of smoke-related alerts in the previous 7 years.
Excessive levels of bacteria, sediment, a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, and chloride, along with stressors causing poor fish and aquatic insect communities, contribute to impairments in this northwest Minnesota watershed.
One of MPCA's most important jobs is to issue timely air, water and land permits that protect human health and the environment. Data shows that the agency continues to improve its permitting efficiency.