MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for 12-Mile Creek

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

Brainerd, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for 12-Mile Creek in Wright County. The report, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), focuses on low dissolved oxygen levels throughout the creek. The MPCA is accepting comments on the report through Aug. 26, 2015.

12-Mile Creek flows northeast from Little Waverly Lake, just north of the city of Waverly, and drains into the North Fork Crow River. All forms of aquatic life depend on minimum levels of dissolved oxygen to live and grow. Excess sediment and other pollutants entering the creek combine and consume oxygen that is critical to the health of aquatic life. To help 12-Mile Creek meet state dissolved oxygen standards, this report calls for significant reductions of oxygen-demanding sediment and pollutants entering the creek.

The TMDL report is part of a nationwide effort under the federal Clean Water Act to identify and clean up pollution in streams, rivers and lakes. Every two years, states are required to submit a list of impaired waters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A TMDL report is a scientific study that calculates the maximum amount of a pollutant a water body can receive (known as the "loading capacity") without exceeding water quality standards.

The draft report is available on the MPCA’s North Fork Crow River watershed webpage, or at the St. Paul office, 520 Lafayette Road North. Comments may be submitted to Margaret Leach, MPCA, 7678 College Road, Baxter, MN, 56425, or by e-mail to Margaret.leach@state.mn.us. For more information, contact Margaret at 218-316-3895, or toll-free at 800-657-3864.

Written comments must include a statement of your interest in the draft TMDL report; a statement of the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft TMDL that you believe should be changed; and specific reasons supporting your position.

More information on the state's impaired waters list and TMDL studies is available at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/tmdl/index.html, or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864.