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.
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.