News Releases: May 2017

Study highlights critical need to protect water resources in Big Fork River watershed Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Prescription for healthier Hawk Creek: Buffers, stormwater controls, changes in ag practices Friday, May 26, 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.

Northern Minnesota business owner and property owner assessed more than $1 million for environmental cleanup costs and penalties Tuesday, May 23, 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.

Studies: Good news, bad news for Rum River watershed Friday, May 5, 2017

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.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Lyon County Thursday, May 4, 2017

An NPDES general permit for construction and operation of the feedlot is scheduled to be on public notice concurrently.

Pioneer-Sarah Creek watershed polluted by phosphorus, E. coli bacteria Thursday, May 4, 2017

The pollution is severe enough to be harmful to aquatic insects and fish, inhibit recreational activities, and pose health risks to humans.

MPCA completes 47 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2017 Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.

Water quality testing underway in Redwood River and Cottonwood River watersheds Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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.  

Duluth aircraft manufacturer’s late air emissions reports trigger current penalty Monday, May 1, 2017

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.

Brought to light: Excavating company’s hidden fuel tank that threatened groundwater Monday, May 1, 2017

The company must take several corrective actions and pay an $80,000 penalty to the state, according to a recent agreement with the MPCA.