View the data on climate impacts to our waters

A sign warning of thin ice on Cass Lake in Minnesota.Warmer water, shorter ice seasons may lead to more algal blooms, shifting fish populations, changes in recreation

The pollution we put into our air is impacting our waters. Climate change is bringing major changes to Minnesota lakes. With warmer lake water and longer open water periods, Minnesotans can expect more algal blooms in more lakes, along with a greater potential for invasive species. Fish populations may shift, with warm-water species migrating north while cold-water species decline.

Read the report: PDF icon Climate change impacting Minnesota lakes (cc-wq2-1)