News releases

You’ll be blown away at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair Monday, August 17, 2015

Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.

The Red River of the North is the third of state’s 5 largest rivers to be monitored by MPCA Monday, August 10, 2015

The MPCA is half way through a 10-year effort to assess the condition of smaller rivers, streams and lakes throughout Minnesota’s 81 watersheds — the state’s largest rivers are being studied to complement that effort.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed feedlot expansion in Nobles County Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and the public may submit written comments on the feedlot expansion EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2015.

MPCA seeks comments on report about chloride pollution reduction for 37 metro waters Monday, August 3, 2015

The draft Chloride Management Plan and TMDL report developed for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area are available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, 2015.

What would Minnesota be without wild rice, lefsa and pho? Celebrate agriCULTURE at the Eco Experience Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside.

Free fun for the young and young-at-heart at Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Eco Experience building is full of family-friendly, interactive and informative activities that your kids will love. Come join us to explore clean water, climate change, recycling, air quality, transportation, gardening and healthy food. There are hours of free fun to be had by the young and young-at-heart at the Eco Experience.

Gardens and green camping galore: Don’t miss what’s right in front of Eco Experience Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Have your first stop at the fair this year be Eco Experience and its beautiful front yard. Discover how the exhibits that adorn the building can put a little green in your life.

The power of change Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Storms and flooding show us just how much weather can affect our daily lives, especially right here in Minnesota. Foreseeing what winter might bring, or predicting how climate might change in the future is extremely important because it can help us prepare for changes and improve our communities’ resilience.

Saving energy and money can be easy with home improvement Tuesday, July 28, 2015

There are hundreds of ideas at Eco Experience to take home. Learn tips and tricks for all things home improvement, whether it’s indoors or in the yard. Make sure to make Eco Experience a stop on your state fair adventure and explore the future in green building.

Listen, measure, track: Visit the new Citizen Science exhibit at the Eco Experience Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Citizen Scientists are volunteer data collectors. In collaboration with professional scientists, they observe and record information about the natural world like weather, wildlife, plants and so much more.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for 12-Mile Creek Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The MPCA is accepting comments on the report through Aug. 26, 2015.

What’s new at #EcoExperience15 at the Minnesota State Fair Monday, July 27, 2015

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in this environmentally themed building. Read on to find out what’s new in the building this year!

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed beef feedlot expansion in Nobles County Thursday, July 23, 2015

The public may submit written comments on the R & R Thier Feedlots Inc.  EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2015. 

MPCA completes 52 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2015 Monday, July 20, 2015

Penalties from all 52 cases totaled $311,303.

New report puts numbers on air pollution’s effect on public health in the Twin Cities Monday, July 13, 2015

The report, “Life and Breath: How Air Pollution in the Twin Cities Affects Public Health” is being jointly released today the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The report analyzed MPCA air quality data and health data from the MDH to estimate the effects of air pollution on health outcomes for people living in the seven-county metro area.

Comments invited on environmental worksheet for landfill expansion near Mankato Friday, July 10, 2015

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites comments through August 5 on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed expansion of an ash landfill in Mankato.

Haines Road reconstruction project penalized for stormwater violations Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency penalized Saint Louis County and its contractor, Hammerlund Construction of Grand Rapids, for construction stormwater violations at a two-mile-long road construction site in Duluth.

Comments invited on environmental worksheet for backup power station in Owatonna Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency invites comments on an environmental worksheet for a proposed power station in Owatonna.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Vermillion River watershed Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In-depth monitoring and analysis has identified high levels of bacteria, sediment, and phosphorus in many of the bodies of water in the watershed.

Magnetation draft permit public meeting scheduled Monday, July 6, 2015

Comments are being accepted through August 3, 2015.

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.