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.
The affected area includes the Tribal Nation of Red Lake, and the cities of Ortonville, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks and Wheaton.
The MPCA, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and local groups are recommending a number of actions including reducing streambank erosion, reducing in-lake nutrients, and improving stormwater management to restore and protect waterbodies.
A public meeting has also been scheduled for April 12, 2017 at the Hennepin County Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, in Brooklyn Center.
The new facility will consist of a three-cell clay-lined stabilization pond system capable of receiving 466,000 gallons of wastewater per day.
The average U.S. household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water a year through leaks.
Under the settlement, Northern Metals Recycling will move the shredder to a new, non-metro location by August 2019 and pay $2.5 million in costs and penalties.
The Leech Lake River watershed is in the northern part of the Upper Mississippi River Basin, and includes parts of Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard counties.
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.