How healthy is the Vermilion watershed? Find out at April 29 public meeting

Contact: Anne Perry Moore, 218-302-6605

Duluth, Minn. — Curious about how healthy the Vermilion watershed is (or isn’t)? So are a lot of scientists who are going to find out, starting this summer.

In May, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and other state, federal and county water quality experts will begin a 10-year process of monitoring, assessing and protecting good water quality or restoring impaired waters in the Vermilion watershed.

The public is invited to learn more about these activities at an April 29 informational meeting at the Greenwood Town Hall on Highway 77, northwest of Tower, Minn., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. They can also learn about how to volunteer for the MPCA’s citizen lakes and streams monitoring programs.

Water quality monitoring and assessments will be conducted in each of Minnesota’s 81 major watersheds every ten years. During the 10-year cycle, the MPCA and its partner organizations evaluate water conditions, establish priorities and goals for improvement and take actions designed to restore or protect water quality. When a watershed's 10-year cycle is completed, a new cycle begins.

The Vermilion watershed stretches from Eveleth to Tower to Orr to Crane Lake and includes a portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. To see all of the waterbodies in this 660,000-acre watershed, visit the Vermilion River Watershed webpage.

Funding for this monitoring and assessment process comes from the Clean Water Legacy Act approved by Minnesota voters in 2008.

For more information, contact Joel Peterson at 218-302-6646 or 1-800-657-3864 or joel.peterson@state.mn.us or visit the
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