As Minnesota continues its statewide checkup of waters and lists those failing to meet standards, some good examples of protective and restorative work are starting to surface.
Stream bank erosion and stormwater runoff degrade water quality with sediment that clouds the water, excess nutrients that grow algae, and bacteria that can make the water unsafe for swimming.
There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.
The MPCA recently sent letters to repair shops and car and truck dealers advising them of their obligation under the law to not modify vehicle pollution control systems nor sell vehicles with tampered systems.
The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.
The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Saint Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.
Some waters are in good shape while many need work in the Zumbro River watershed in southeastern Minnesota, according to recent studies by the MPCA, Zumbro Watershed Partnership and other partners.
After years of research, data analysis, and consultation with tribes, the MPCA has released its proposed changes to Minnesota rules that are meant to protect wild rice from certain types of pollution.
The project will run for two years and will monitor fine particles, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.
Kevin Hugoson of Deer Creek Run proposes to build three additional barns, bringing the total number of swine at the facility up to 7,729.
The Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair, and is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades.
Extensive monitoring and assessment of conditions in the Red River and its tributaries in the region between Georgetown and Breckenridge, including Moorhead, found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and total suspended solids.
Hi-Way 30 Hogs proposes to double its swine finishing facility about 4 miles west of New Richland in Waseca County, from 2,400 to 4,800 hogs.
Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods River Basin, a majority of the watershed’s water quality is considered good to excellent and lake water quality is very good in 15 assessed lakes.
Penalties from all 48 cases totaled just over $450,000.
New pollution control equipment installed at the site has greatly reduced the amount of VOC emissions from the facility.
Decades before water quality concerns led to environmental protection laws, maritime and industrial activities’ contaminated the harbor’s sediment.
Summer is here, and while water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, less dust and lower carbon dioxide are in store for the Hibbing area.
The public may submit written comments on the Campbell Dairy EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017.
The MPCA prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposal and the public may submit written comments on the Leilyn Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m., July 12, 2017.
A new report by the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team calls out many climate change related developments in Minnesota.
This spring and summer state and local water quality scientists will be doing a second round of intensive testing of water quality and biology in the watershed.
This watershed is home to the famous headwaters of the Upper Mississippi River Basin and includes about 685 river miles and more than 1,000 lakes that attract thousands of anglers in search of walleye and other game fish.
The company will pay a $150,000 penalty and fulfill related requirements before re-starting the now idled plant.