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.
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.
The company will pay a $150,000 penalty and fulfill related requirements before re-starting the now idled plant.
Working to keep the waters of the Sauk River watershed clean, sparkling, several farmers near St. Cloud stand out for their conservation farming practices that benefit water quality.
The Lake Superior - North watershed contains some of the least-polluted water bodies in the state, but land-use practices, increasing development, and a changing climate may pose threats to these high quality resources.
Monitoring crews from the MPCA and its local partners are beginning the final phase of a 10-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota.
Fewer shade trees and plenty of stormwater runoff from roads and parking lots create warmer water that trout, other cold-water fish and bugs don’t appreciate.
If approved, the expansion will result in approximately 18 more years of use before the landfill reaches capacity.
A $300,000 federal grant may help pump economic life into some formerly polluted lands in the Twin Cities area.
Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods Basin, results from monitoring and analysis showed water quality is generally good to excellent in the watershed’s entire stream network and many of its lakes.
The Hawk Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports are available for public comment through June 21, 2017.
The company must pay a civil penalty of $677,072 and reimburse the state $316,035 for waste cleanup and disposal costs and $67,000 in attorney’s fees.
Waterbodies in the northern part of the watershed, which is mostly forests and wetlands, are generally in great shape, but as the Rum River flows south, the land is more developed and pollutant levels increase.
An NPDES general permit for construction and operation of the feedlot is scheduled to be on public notice concurrently.
The pollution is severe enough to be harmful to aquatic insects and fish, inhibit recreational activities, and pose health risks to humans.
Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.
Staff from MPCA, the Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) will be collecting samples and data this summer to determine the health of local rivers, streams, and lakes.
Cirrus Design Corporation and Cirrus Aircraft Corporation have agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty and complete three compliance actions as part of an MPCA air quality enforcement agreement.
The company must take several corrective actions and pay an $80,000 penalty to the state, according to a recent agreement with the MPCA.
The MPCA recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.
Some of the company’s corrections include applying for proper permit coverage, updating operation and maintenance plans, properly labeling hazardous waste containers, and implementing improved recordkeeping practices.
Once shredded into a lightweight and highly-permeable aggregate, the product is used for fill for projects such as road base construction, slope stabilization and stormwater retention chambers.
The heating plant exceeded its permit limits for emissions of carbon monoxide, opacity (a measure of visibility) and fine particles.
More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state.
These reports are part of the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.