Scotch Prairie Farms in Wabasha County, about seven miles southeast of Lake City, is proposing to triple its dairy operation, according to an Environmental Assessment Worksheet prepared by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
The affected area includes the Ely, Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Marshall, and Mankato, and the tribal nations of Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac, and Mille Lacs.
This is in addition to the air quality alert already in effect for the northern half of the state and the affected area now includes the Twin Cities metro area, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud and the tribal nations of Upper Sioux and Prairie Island.
The affected area includes Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, Ely, and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, and Red Lake.
Excessive levels of bacteria, sediment, a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, and chloride, along with stressors causing poor fish and aquatic insect communities, contribute to impairments in this northwest Minnesota watershed.
Smoke from wildfires in western Canada will continue to affect Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening and will spread eastward across northern Minnesota Friday evening, making air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The affected area includes the cities of Worthington, Marshall, Ortonville, Alexandria, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Upper Sioux.
The affected area includes the cities of Roseau, International Falls, East Grand Forks, Bemidji and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Red Lake and Leech Lake.
Penalties from all 52 cases totaled just over $366,000.
In addition to paying a $49,325 penalty, the company is working to complete a series of actions to correct identified problems.
The company has also paid a $30,000 penalty to the MPCA as part of the agreement to bring the company into compliance with environmental laws.
Focusing on local use of recycled materials in manufacturing wherever possible has created economic development opportunities around the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The proposal is to build a new 4,890-head swine farrowing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony in Newburg Township, Fillmore County.
The watershed that includes the iconic Mississippi River Headwaters has very good overall water quality, and forest protection is critical to preserve it.
The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, Rochester, and Albert Lea.
The public may submit written comments on the Klemmensen EAW until 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2018.
This work is funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008.
MWPC has seen an increase in waste processing from approximately 43,000 tons per year in 2015 to more than 60,000 tons per year in 2017.
The studies found that Bois de Sioux River Watershed water pollution is linked to land alterations designed to promote soil drainage, such as stream channelization and ditching.