Lake Superior’s North Shore between Duluth’s Lester River and Beaver Bay is one of the state’s premier scenic and recreational attractions, but increasing development, altered drainage, forests and vegetation have contributed to seven impaired streams.
Portions of the grant will be devoted to assuring clean drinking water supplies to east metropolitan residents and others dedicated to improving the east metro’s aquatic resources and wildlife habitat.
Located in the Lake Superior Basin, monitoring and analysis showed water quality is fair-to-good in the watershed’s entire stream network and many of its 375 lakes.
Minnesota’s draft Volkswagen plan was crafted with significant public input provided over a year of nine public meetings held across the state, nearly 300 written comments, and over 800 survey responses to determine how Minnesotans want to spend the settlement funds.
The proposal will place clean material, dredged from the Duluth/Superior harbor, on top the existing contaminated sediments.
The public comment period is open Wednesday, Jan. 31 through Mar. 16, 2018.
Penalties from all 59 cases totaled just over $450,000.
Heron Lake BioEnergy replaced existing equipment to burn off HAPs in its industrial exhaust, has agreed to ensure future compliance with emission limits, and paid a $63,500 penalty.
The exhibit employs a variety of multimedia and hands-on displays to both inform viewers and celebrate the role of water in what makes Minnesota such a special place, and will reside in the State Capitol’s ground-level East Corridor through March 9.
The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Iroquois Room, 8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron, Minn.
The new facility would consist of two total-confinement barns, a manure storage pit, a building for composting carcasses, a permanent stormwater pond, and a well for employee use and livestock watering.
Walters Recycling and Refuse Inc. is currently allowed to process 99,000 tons per year of municipal and industrial solid waste, and construction and demolition debris at its facility, and would like to increase the amount it is allowed to process to 140,000 tons per year.
We scatter an estimated 365,000 tons of salt in the metro area each year — but it only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.
Other MPCA regional offices are located in Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, and Rochester.
American Crystal Sugar Company has agreed to pay a fine and take steps to prevent hydrogen sulfide emissions at facilities in East Grand Forks and Crookston, following an enforcement action by the MPCA.
Environmental review is underway for two new hog farms in Nobles County. Brothers Nick and Andy Henning each plan to build two barns for 4,800 finishing hogs north of Worthington in Graham Lakes and Bloom townships, respectively.
Riverview Farms plans to build a large dairy about six miles southwest of Benson in Section 6 of Swenoda Township, Swift County. The public may submit written comments on the Swenoda Dairy Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2017.
The project will include one total confinement barn for up to 8,700 hogs with a 10-foot deep concrete liquid manure storage area, an animal composting building, an office, a workshop, three permanent stormwater ponds, three water wells and employee housing.
Metro Metals Corporation agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty and complete eight compliance actions as part of an industrial stormwater and hazardous waste enforcement agreement.
Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $170,000.
At a combined estimated $9.9 million cost to complete the process from design through construction, the selected remedies now move into the design phase.
The facility, which is used to wash freshly laid eggs, generates about 6,000 gallons of wastewater a day.
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.