News releases

Pomme de Terre River water quality shows slight improvement, more testing under way Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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.

Meeting on Mississippi Headwaters water quality scheduled for June 20 Friday, June 9, 2017

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.

Mesabi Nugget agrees to penalty over air violations Thursday, June 8, 2017

The company will pay a $150,000 penalty and fulfill related requirements before re-starting the now idled plant.

Stearns County dairy farmers add water quality to chores Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Working to keep the waters of the Sauk River watershed clean, sparkling, several farmers near St. Cloud stand out for their conservation farming practices that benefit water quality.

From least polluted to a growing concern, Lake Superior-North watershed faces potential land use threats Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Lake Superior - North watershed contains some of the least-polluted water bodies in the state, but land-use practices, increasing development, and a changing climate may pose threats to these high quality resources. 

How's the water? MPCA, local partners finding out Monday, June 5, 2017

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

In Miller Creek, trout suffer from urban pollution woes Monday, June 5, 2017

Fewer shade trees and plenty of stormwater runoff from roads and parking lots create warmer water that trout, other cold-water fish and bugs don’t appreciate.

Public meeting and comment period opening on Rice County landfill expansion Friday, June 2, 2017

If approved, the expansion will result in approximately 18 more years of use before the landfill reaches capacity.

Underserved Twin Cities neighborhoods to benefit from EPA grant Thursday, June 1, 2017

A $300,000 federal grant may help pump economic life into some formerly polluted lands in the Twin Cities area.

Study highlights critical need to protect water resources in Big Fork River watershed Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods Basin, results from monitoring and analysis showed water quality is generally good to excellent in the watershed’s entire stream network and many of its lakes.

Prescription for healthier Hawk Creek: Buffers, stormwater controls, changes in ag practices Friday, May 26, 2017

The Hawk Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports are available for public comment through June 21, 2017.

Northern Minnesota business owner and property owner assessed more than $1 million for environmental cleanup costs and penalties Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The company must pay a civil penalty of $677,072 and reimburse the state $316,035 for waste cleanup and disposal costs and $67,000 in attorney’s fees.

Studies: Good news, bad news for Rum River watershed Friday, May 5, 2017

Waterbodies in the northern part of the watershed, which is mostly forests and wetlands, are generally in great shape, but as the Rum River flows south, the land is more developed and pollutant levels increase.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Lyon County Thursday, May 4, 2017

An NPDES general permit for construction and operation of the feedlot is scheduled to be on public notice concurrently.

Pioneer-Sarah Creek watershed polluted by phosphorus, E. coli bacteria Thursday, May 4, 2017

The pollution is severe enough to be harmful to aquatic insects and fish, inhibit recreational activities, and pose health risks to humans.

MPCA completes 47 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2017 Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.

Water quality testing underway in Redwood River and Cottonwood River watersheds Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Staff from MPCA, the Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) will be collecting samples and data this summer to determine the health of local rivers, streams, and lakes.  

Duluth aircraft manufacturer’s late air emissions reports trigger current penalty Monday, May 1, 2017

Cirrus Design Corporation and Cirrus Aircraft Corporation have agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty and complete three compliance actions as part of an MPCA air quality enforcement agreement.

Brought to light: Excavating company’s hidden fuel tank that threatened groundwater Monday, May 1, 2017

The company must take several corrective actions and pay an $80,000 penalty to the state, according to a recent agreement with the MPCA.

MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence Friday, April 28, 2017

The MPCA recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.

Gerdau Ameristeel Inc. cited for multiple environmental violations Thursday, April 20, 2017

Some of the company’s corrections include applying for proper permit coverage, updating operation and maintenance plans, properly labeling hazardous waste containers, and implementing improved recordkeeping practices.

Public meeting set, comments sought for proposed Cloquet tire shredder facility project Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Once shredded into a lightweight and highly-permeable aggregate, the product is used for fill for projects such as road base construction, slope stabilization and stormwater retention chambers.

City of Virginia’s utilities department required to demonstrate heating plant emissions compliance Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The heating plant exceeded its permit limits for emissions of carbon monoxide, opacity (a measure of visibility) and fine particles.

Make this your Year of Water Action — volunteer now! Monday, April 10, 2017

More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state.

Open for comment: water quality reports for the Pine River Watershed Monday, April 10, 2017

These reports are part of the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.