News releases

MPCA study: Lake Pepin close to meeting water-quality standard, more work needed upstream Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lake Pepin in southeast Minnesota is close to meeting its custom water-quality standard designed to minimize algae, with more work needed upstream to meet the goal, according to a study recently released by the MPCA. 

Winnebago River Watershed: Practices and plans underway to restore water quality Monday, April 20, 2020

The Winnebago River Watershed in southern Minnesota faces several water quality challenges, but local partners have made significant progress in reducing pollutants and improving water quality.

MPCA extends Line 3 comment period, hosts three telephone town halls Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The MPCA is extending the public comment period for the Enbridge Line 3 project to Friday, April 10. The extended comment period will still allow the MPCA to review and respond to all public comments and meet the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s current August 15 deadline.

Public meetings on feedlot permit changes to be online March 31, April 2 Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Upcoming informational meetings to discuss revisions to the general operating permit for large feedlots will be online only.

Feedlot permit changes would benefit water quality in Minnesota Monday, March 9, 2020

Under proposed changes to operating permits for large livestock farms in Minnesota, waters will be more protected from nitrogen leaching and runoff from land application of manure, while feedlot owners will benefit from improved forms and online services.

MPCA selects contamination remedy for Munger Landing site in the St. Louis River estuary Friday, March 6, 2020

The MPCA has selected a cleanup remedy for the sediment contamination at Munger Landing in the St. Louis River Area of Concern, a collection of several contaminated sites in the St. Louis River and Duluth Harbor.

MPCA's draft permit, certification comment period for Enbridge Line 3 starts today Monday, March 2, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) comment period for the draft 401 water quality certification, draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System wastewater permit, and draft capped air emission permit application for Enbridge’s Line 3 project started today.

Coming to a library near you: Exhibit on southeast Minnesota’s unique geology Friday, February 21, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently developed a traveling exhibit on the karst geology of southeastern Minnesota. It's available to libraries through the Minnesota State Library Service.

MPCA closes 109 enforcement cases in second half of 2019 Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it has concluded 109 enforcement cases in the second half of 2019.

MPCA reviews swine feedlot expansion in Otter Tail County Monday, February 10, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for Otter Wings LLP’s proposed swine facility expansion in Otter Tail County, near Sebeka.

Agencies conclude investigation: Contaminated runoff suspected in Garvin Brook fish kill Thursday, February 6, 2020

Three state agencies have concluded their investigation of a fish kill in Garvin Brook, a designated trout stream in Winona County, that occurred in September 2019.

O’Day Equipment to pay $14,000 for storage tank violations in Duluth, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids Thursday, February 6, 2020

O’Day Equipment LLC, a storage tank service and supply company based in Fargo, N.D., has agreed to pay a $14,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for violations related to installing, repairing, removing, and testing underground storage tanks.

MPCA announces revised Enbridge Line 3 replacement permit schedule Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The MPCA today announced its revised Enbridge Line 3 replacement permit schedule.

MPCA seeks help in restoring and protecting the Mississippi River-Sartell Watershed Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The MPCA has scheduled two meetings for people interested in ongoing water quality projects in the Mississippi River-Sartell Watershed.

Comment period extended for greenhouse gas supplement and draft permit for dairy expansion in Winona County Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The MPCA has extended the public comment period on its greenhouse gas estimate and draft permit for the Daley Farms dairy expansion in Winona County.

MPCA reviews Edina sanitary sewer upgrade Monday, February 3, 2020

The MPCA has prepared an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed project by the City of Edina, upgrading its sanitary sewer in the Southdale Mall area.

MPCA proposes to add four sites and remove all or part of three sites from Minnesota's Superfund list Monday, January 27, 2020

The MPCA is proposing to add four sites and remove all or part of three sites from Minnesota’s Permanent List of Priorities (PLP), the official roll of state Superfund sites.

MPCA releases draft permit, additional environmental review for Daley Farms expansion in Winona County Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today released its draft permit and estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the proposed Daley Farms expansion in Winona County.

Water Gremlin to restart VOC operations under certain conditions Friday, January 17, 2020

MPCA continues to hold Water Gremlin accountable to permit and administrative order requirements

Minnesota lakes and streams need a low-salt diet Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We scatter an estimated 445,000 tons of chloride-laden salt in Minnesota each year. More than 70 percent of that mixes with stormwater and ends up in our lakes, rivers, and streams, where it is toxic to fish and other aquatic life.

MPCA continues work to remediate nearly 80,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment in Duluth harbor Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MPCA is requesting public comments on the environmental review for the proposed Azcon/DSPA and AGP/Northland Slips cleanup.

Southeast corner of Minnesota: Watersheds in good shape though some work needed Monday, December 30, 2019

The majority of streams in the Minnesota portions of the Upper Iowa River and Mississippi River-Reno watersheds meet water quality standards, according to new studies by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

More water-protection practices needed to restore Wapsipinicon River in southeast Minnesota Monday, December 16, 2019

The MPCA is recommending strategies for improving water quality in the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed.

Oronoco, the largest unsewered city in Minnesota, to build wastewater treatment facility Thursday, November 21, 2019

The proposed system would replace individual and community sewage treatment systems, many of which are failing to protect groundwater, do not meet setback requirements, and/or have exceeded their life expectancy.

More than 580 waters added to the state's impaired waters list Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The MPCA added 581 new waterbodies with 728 new impairments to the state’s impaired waters list — bodies of water that do not meet water quality standards.