News Releases: June 2018

Ethanol summit getting industry, environmental regulators on same page Thursday, June 28, 2018

The 20 ethanol plants in Minnesota produce more than one billion gallons of clean biofuel annually providing a market for more than 400 million bushels of corn.

Water quality impairments, solutions offered in draft Thief River watershed reports Monday, June 25, 2018

Two new studies by the MPCA and local watershed partners recommend Thief River watershed landowners promote voluntary practices to reduce water pollution and improve water quality. The draft reports are available for comment through July 25, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. 

Livestock farms in southern Minnesota respond to heavy rains causing manure storage overflows Friday, June 22, 2018

If manure-storage facilities overflow, if manure enters surface waters, or if a storage structure is inundated by floodwaters, farmers must call the Minnesota Duty Officer immediately at 800-422-0789.

Public comments sought for proposed Pipestone County swine feedlot Monday, June 18, 2018

CJ Swine, LLC proposes to build a swine finishing feedlot about three miles west of Pipestone in Sweet Township. The public may submit written comments on the proposal until 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018.

Comment period for proposed dairy farm near Tintah in Grant County ends July 18 Monday, June 18, 2018

Riverview, LLP is proposing to develop an 11,000-head Jersey dairy farm  just east of Tintah in Grant County in the Bois de Sioux watershed. MPCA is accepting comments on the project’s environmental review through July 18, 2018. 

Good news, better news in Lake Superior-North watershed draft reports Monday, June 18, 2018

Only one of 67 streams and 152 lakes evaluated for water quality standards along Lake Superior’s far North Shore does not meet the state’s criteria, according to two draft reports open for public comment through July 19, 2018.

MPCA extends public comment period for proposed hog feedlot in Fillmore County Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The proposal is to build a new 4,890-head swine farrowing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony in Newburg Township, Fillmore County.

Draft water quality reports offer good news and protection opportunities for Mississippi River-Headwaters watershed Monday, June 4, 2018

The watershed that includes the iconic Mississippi River Headwaters has very good overall water quality, and forest protection is critical to preserve it.