A recent study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows there's still much work to be done for the health of the Minnesota River. The monitoring and evaluation work encompasses most of the river, from Big Stone Lake to where it meets the Mississippi in St. Paul. The study led to these primary conclusions:
- Overall, the Minnesota River is unhealthy. Sediment clouds the water, phosphorus causes algae, nitrogen poses risks to humans and fish, and bacteria make the water unsafe for swimming.
- Too much water flowing into the river plays a big part in all these problems. There’s more rain, more artificial drainage, and not enough places to store this water.
Study contact: Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608, email@example.com
Addendum to Minnesota River monitoring and assessment study detailing impairments (pollutants and environmental problems) at each reach (section) of the river. October 2017
Water quality in the Lower Minnesota River Watershed has persistent problems with excess phosphorus, sediment, bacteria, and other contaminants, according to a new MPCA report.
Images and videos to complement articles on this report on the health of the Minnesota River.
Interactive access to data on pollutant loads for Minnesota’s rivers and streams: Maps and graphs for exploration and “Download” tabs for exporting tabular data.
The watershed approach is a ten-year rotation for addressing waters of the state on the level of Minnesota’s major watersheds. Since 2007, MPCA and its partners have been implementing this approach as recommended by the Clean Water Council and directed by the state Legislature.
Watersheds that feed the Minnesota River
These watersheds comprise all the land that drains water towards the river: