News Releases: July 2019

Widespread changes needed to improve water quality in Minnesota River Basin Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Changes in water and land management are needed across the Minnesota River Basin to improve water quality in the state’s namesake river, as well as streams and lakes throughout the 10 million acres of the basin, according to four studies released today by the MPCA and local partners.

Sediment, phosphorus, and bacteria are big problems for water quality in the Lower Minnesota River watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Many lakes and streams in the Lower Minnesota River Watershed are not meeting water quality standards, according to a new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Improving Watonwan River water quality hinges on land use practices that reduce soil, fertilizer loss Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New reports from the MPCA detail causes of water pollution in the Watonwan River Watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The reports are open for public comment through September 20.

Carving a path from polluted to more picturesque in the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A new MPCA report on the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed details the causes of water pollution in the watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The report is open for public comment until September 20.

MPCA denies Northern Metal Recycling’s extension to continue operating its shredder in Minneapolis Thursday, July 18, 2019

The metal recycler had agreed in a Feb. 28, 2017, court settlement to cease shredding at the Minneapolis facility by Aug. 1, 2019.

Mississippi River-Grand Rapids Watershed has “very good” water quality Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, the Mississippi River – Grand Rapids Watershed has very good overall water quality, but forest protection is critical to preserving it.

Low flows, bacteria, suspended sediment hurting recreation in Red Lake River Watershed Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, there are 31 impairments for fish and aquatic insects and recreation in 19 reaches of the Red Lake River and its tributaries.

MPCA denies Water Gremlin’s extension for testing its pollution control equipment Friday, July 12, 2019

“Water Gremlin has had more than enough time to get its pollution control equipment fully operational and tested,” said MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop.

MPCA seeks new community members for Environmental Justice Advisory Group Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The group's charter and application materials can be found on the MPCA’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group webpage.