2018 Impaired waters list: Success stories surfacing for Minnesota lakes, streams

As Minnesota continues its statewide checkup of waters and lists those failing to meet standards, some good examples of protective and restorative work are starting to surface.

Most waters in Missouri River basin fail to support fishing and swimming; restoration needed

Stream bank erosion and stormwater runoff degrade water quality with sediment that clouds the water, excess nutrients that grow algae, and bacteria that can make the water unsafe for swimming.

Minnesota River continues to suffer in water quality despite some improvements

There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.

MPCA reminder: tampering with pollution control systems is illegal

The MPCA recently sent letters to repair shops and car and truck dealers advising them of their obligation under the law to not modify vehicle pollution control systems nor sell vehicles with tampered systems.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, Sept. 15th

The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.