News releases

2018 Impaired waters list: Success stories surfacing for Minnesota lakes, streams Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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.

Most waters in Missouri River basin fail to support fishing and swimming; restoration needed Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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.

Minnesota River continues to suffer in water quality despite some improvements Monday, October 2, 2017

There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.

MPCA reminder: tampering with pollution control systems is illegal Thursday, September 21, 2017

The MPCA recently sent letters to repair shops and car and truck dealers advising them of their obligation under the law to not modify vehicle pollution control systems nor sell vehicles with tampered systems.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, Sept. 15th Thursday, September 14, 2017

The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Thursday, Sept. 14th Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Saint Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.

Studies on Zumbro River watershed: Trout streams need protection, others need work Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some waters are in good shape while many need work in the Zumbro River watershed in southeastern Minnesota, according to recent studies by the MPCA, Zumbro Watershed Partnership and other partners.

MPCA releases its proposal for protecting wild rice from excess sulfide Monday, August 21, 2017

After years of research, data analysis, and consultation with tribes, the MPCA has released its proposed changes to Minnesota rules that are meant to protect wild rice from certain types of pollution.

MPCA will place air quality sensors in every Minneapolis and St. Paul ZIP code Thursday, August 17, 2017

The project will run for two years and will monitor fine particles, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

Hog facility in Mower County looking to expand production, environmental review underway Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kevin Hugoson of Deer Creek Run proposes to build three additional barns, bringing the total number of swine at the facility up to 7,729.

Enhance your State Fair experience at Eco Experience 2017 Friday, August 4, 2017

The Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair, and is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades.

Bacteria, excessive sediment, low flows, more contribute to Red River impairments between Georgetown, Breckenridge Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Extensive monitoring and assessment of conditions in the Red River and its tributaries in the region between Georgetown and Breckenridge, including Moorhead, found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and total suspended solids.

New Richland-area hog farm proposes doubling production; environmental review underway Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hi-Way 30 Hogs proposes to double its swine finishing facility about 4 miles west of New Richland in Waseca County, from 2,400 to 4,800 hogs.

One hundred miles of sediment mar northern Minnesota treasure Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods River Basin, a majority of the watershed’s water quality is considered good to excellent and lake water quality is very good in 15 assessed lakes.

MPCA completes 48 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Penalties from all 48 cases totaled just over $450,000.

Perham painting and coating company to correct air pollution violations Friday, July 14, 2017

New pollution control equipment installed at the site has greatly reduced the amount of VOC emissions from the facility.

Byproducts of a working port: Comments sought for multiple Duluth harbor sites’ contaminated sediment cleanup options Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Decades before water quality concerns led to environmental protection laws, maritime and industrial activities’ contaminated the harbor’s sediment.

Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer is here, and while water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.

Hibbing’s air quality forecast shows improvement after Public Utilities Commission enforcement Tuesday, June 27, 2017

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, less dust and lower carbon dioxide are in store for the Hibbing area.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Wilkin County Monday, June 19, 2017

The public may submit written comments on the Campbell Dairy EAW until 4:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Waseca County Monday, June 19, 2017

The MPCA prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposal and the public may submit written comments on the Leilyn Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m., July 12, 2017. 

State of Minnesota plans for changing climate Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A new report by the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team calls out many climate change related developments in Minnesota.

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.