News releases

Poor air quality in Minnesota due to smoke from Canadian forest fires Monday, July 6, 2015

While air quality is currently good across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, smoke may return to the area later today.

Poor air quality in northcentral Minnesota due to smoke from Canadian fires Saturday, July 4, 2015

Poor air quality expected in northcentral Minnesota due to smoke from Canadian fires

Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out Wednesday, July 1, 2015

High temperatures combined with rainfall can create the conditions for harmful blue-green algae.

Pipeline, storage basin failures send ore tailings and road aggregate into wetlands; 2 enforcement actions result Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On three occasions between May 2013 and April 2014, failures in the pipeline and a breach in the tailings basin perimeter dike caused the release of about 8,500 cubic yards of tailings slurry and aggregate from a washed-out dike road into 15.3 acres of adjacent wetlands and the pipeline ditch.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed chicken farm expansion in Renville County Monday, June 22, 2015

The MPCA completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and will accept comments on it until 4:30 p.m. on July 22, 2015.

Crow Wing Feeders is penalized for feedlot violations Wednesday, June 10, 2015

In addition to correcting identified problems, the company paid a $30,000 penalty.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Nicollet County Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Those interested may comment on the proposed feedlot EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 8, 2015.

State helps Minnesota's small businesses clean up the air Thursday, June 4, 2015

Last year the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to help small businesses reduce pollutants and so far, 12  have received more than $400,000 in grants.

Deadline approaching: Minnesota GreenCorps looking for members for the 2015-2016 service year Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Completed member applications must be submitted by June 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Medications, cosmetic ingredients and endocrine disruptors found in Minnesota lakes and streams Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A new study released by the MPCA shows that lakes and streams, even in remote parts of Minnesota, are contaminated by pharmaceuticals, cosmetic ingredients and endocrine-disrupting compounds.

Agencies, cities get creative to protect lakes and streams Monday, June 1, 2015

Reducing phosphorus that causes algae in lakes and rivers is the goal of innovative approaches proposed in wastewater permits for the city of Princeton and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.

Winsted wastewater treatment facility modification is open for public review Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The EAW for the proposed project is available for public comment through June 24, 2015.

MPCA begins water quality monitoring field work throughout Minnesota Friday, May 22, 2015

Monitoring crews from the MPCA are beginning the eighth year of a 10-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota.

MPCA to host public meeting May 19 for Brainerd Foundry Superfund site Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is being held at the First Lutheran Church at 424 S. 8th Street in Brainerd.

New report shines light on water quality concerns in Minnesota Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Urban and agricultural runoff are impairing the quality of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams.

St. Francis wastewater treatment facility modification is open for public review Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through May 27, 2015.

MPCA to host news conferences announcing midpoint results of 10-year watershed review Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The MPCA has reached the midpoint of their first-ever comprehensive look at water quality throughout Minnesota.

MPCA releases environmental assessment on wastewater treatment facility in Burnsville Monday, April 27, 2015

Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the environmental review document for the sewer rehabilitation and replacement project in Burnsville until 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015.

Minnesota GreenCorps seeks host sites and members for 2015-2016 Thursday, April 23, 2015

Minnesota GreenCorps is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program that places members with organizations around the state to spend 11 months of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

Innovating to improve wastewater treatment Thursday, April 23, 2015

In St. Cloud, Mankato and Windom, pilot projects are underway to try out new methods that may help other cities discharge fewer contaminants and treat wastewater in a more cost-effective way.

MPCA solicits comments on report for Eagan lakes Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Public comments will be accepted through May 19, 2015.

Minnesota is adapting to climate change Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Minnesota communities are struggling with the impacts of climate change, including extreme storms and flooding and increased temperatures intensified by higher humidity.

MPCA celebrates citizen work to preserve Minnesota lakes Monday, April 20, 2015

This Earth Day, the MPCA honors the work of citizens around the state who are responding to water quality threats to their beloved lakes.

How healthy is the Vermilion watershed? Find out at April 29 public meeting Monday, April 20, 2015

The MPCA and other state, federal and county water quality experts will begin a ten-year process of monitoring, assessing and protecting good water quality or restoring impaired waters in the Vermilion River Watershed.

Materials Processing LLC is cited for hazardous waste violations Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In addition to correcting the violations, the company has paid a $125,000 civil penalty.