Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods Basin, results from monitoring and analysis showed water quality is generally good to excellent in the watershed’s entire stream network and many of its lakes.
News Releases: May 2017
The Hawk Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports are available for public comment through June 21, 2017.
The company must pay a civil penalty of $677,072 and reimburse the state $316,035 for waste cleanup and disposal costs and $67,000 in attorney’s fees.
Waterbodies in the northern part of the watershed, which is mostly forests and wetlands, are generally in great shape, but as the Rum River flows south, the land is more developed and pollutant levels increase.
An NPDES general permit for construction and operation of the feedlot is scheduled to be on public notice concurrently.
The pollution is severe enough to be harmful to aquatic insects and fish, inhibit recreational activities, and pose health risks to humans.
Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.
Staff from MPCA, the Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) will be collecting samples and data this summer to determine the health of local rivers, streams, and lakes.
Cirrus Design Corporation and Cirrus Aircraft Corporation have agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty and complete three compliance actions as part of an MPCA air quality enforcement agreement.
The company must take several corrective actions and pay an $80,000 penalty to the state, according to a recent agreement with the MPCA.