The MPCA and partners found mixed water quality test results for 30 waterbodies in northern Minnesota’s Nemadji River watershed.
A Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy report is open for public review and comment through March 15, 2017.
The selected remedy will cost an estimated $1.6 million to complete, and caps the leveled, contaminated sediment within the Minnesota Slip.
Mercury requires special cleanup because sweeping or vacuuming it can actually increase the risks.
The company agreed to correct the violations and will pay a $25,000 civil penalty.
In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948 in penalties.
The upper Mississippi River is in great shape until pollutants flow in from farmland and cities — by the time it reaches Minneapolis, it no longer meets water quality standards for river life and recreation.
The amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bushels per year, and water use from 216 to 225 million gallons per year.
The company has made corrections and agreed to pay a $26,000 civil penalty.
The project includes the installation of eight aboveground storage tanks, a rail spur, and equipment to load, store, blend and unload asphalt cement.
The MPCA will hold a public information meeting on the Holden Farms proposal Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Community Center in St. Charles.
The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes — other sources include failing septic systems and roadway runoff.
The sewer interceptor line will have a 13.1 million gallons a day capacity, which accounts for both current and future needs.
Following public comments and before a public meeting Dec. 12 in Zumbrota, MPCA staff revised the EAW for a proposed large hog farm.
Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers would be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn.
The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bemidji and Jan. 26 in Cohasset.
It is estimated that we toss more than 350,000 tons of salt on the metro area roads annually.
A public meeting will be held to discuss the report Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Douglas County Public Works building at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria.
The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes.
The facility would process ash from Xcel Energy’s generating plant and ash landfill for the purpose of recovering metals.
Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers will be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn with the manure and waste water collected and stored in earthen basins with impermeable covers.
Spring Valley Farms plans to add a second, 2,100-head finishing barn at The Pit Stop farm in Section 4 of Fairfield Township, increasing to a total of 4,200 head.
The MPCA encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for new grant funding to upgrade or swap out their dirty old engines for modern ones that pollute far less.
The MPCA invites comments through Dec. 14 about a proposal to restore more than 300 acres of aquatic habitat in Duluth’s St. Louis Bay.
Penalties from all 37 cases totaled just under $275,000.