News releases

Pioneer-Sarah Creek watershed polluted by phosphorus, E. coli bacteria Thursday, May 4, 2017

The pollution is severe enough to be harmful to aquatic insects and fish, inhibit recreational activities, and pose health risks to humans.

MPCA completes 47 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2017 Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.

Water quality testing underway in Redwood River and Cottonwood River watersheds Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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.  

Duluth aircraft manufacturer’s late air emissions reports trigger current penalty Monday, May 1, 2017

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.

Brought to light: Excavating company’s hidden fuel tank that threatened groundwater Monday, May 1, 2017

The company must take several corrective actions and pay an $80,000 penalty to the state, according to a recent agreement with the MPCA.

MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence Friday, April 28, 2017

The MPCA recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.

Gerdau Ameristeel Inc. cited for multiple environmental violations Thursday, April 20, 2017

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.

Public meeting set, comments sought for proposed Cloquet tire shredder facility project Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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.

City of Virginia’s utilities department required to demonstrate heating plant emissions compliance Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The heating plant exceeded its permit limits for emissions of carbon monoxide, opacity (a measure of visibility) and fine particles.

Make this your Year of Water Action — volunteer now! Monday, April 10, 2017

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.

Open for comment: water quality reports for the Pine River Watershed Monday, April 10, 2017

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.

Air quality alert issued for west central and northwest Minnesota due to smoke from Kansas fires for Saturday, April 8th Saturday, April 8, 2017

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.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Thursday, April 6, 2017

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.

MPCA proposes cleanup plan for contaminated property in Brooklyn Center Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A public meeting has also been scheduled for April 12, 2017 at the Hennepin County Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, in Brooklyn Center.

Comments sought on report for Tracy wastewater treatment upgrade Monday, March 20, 2017

The new facility will consist of a three-cell clay-lined stabilization pond system capable of receiving 466,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

Fix household water leaks and save an average of 10,000 gallons a year Monday, March 20, 2017

The average U.S. household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water a year through leaks.

Northern Metals settles for $2.5 million, will move shredder from Minneapolis Friday, March 3, 2017

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.

Open for comment: water quality report for Leech Lake River watershed Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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.

Comments invited on draft Nemadji River watershed reports Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The MPCA and partners found mixed water quality test results for 30 waterbodies in northern Minnesota’s Nemadji River watershed.

Open for comment: water quality report for Long Prairie River watershed Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy report is open for public review and comment through March 15, 2017.

Minnesota Slip cleanup one step closer to completion Monday, February 13, 2017

The selected remedy will cost an estimated $1.6 million to complete, and caps the leveled, contaminated sediment within the Minnesota Slip.

New Ulm Public Safety and MPCA responding to mercury spill Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mercury requires special cleanup because sweeping or vacuuming it can actually increase the risks.

MPCA reaches settlement with Hibbing aircraft refinisher on air-quality violations Monday, February 6, 2017

The company agreed to correct the violations and will pay a $25,000 civil penalty.

MPCA completes 43 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2016; 146 cases in all of 2016 Thursday, January 26, 2017

In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948 in penalties.

Upper Mississippi River: What to protect, what to fix Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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.