News releases

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.

Environmental review of proposed Bushmills expansion available for comment through Feb. 8 Monday, January 9, 2017

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.

Enviro-Chem Inc. cited for violating air permits Friday, January 6, 2017

The company has made corrections and agreed to pay a $26,000 civil penalty.

MPCA seeks comments on asphalt storage facility in Dakota County Thursday, January 5, 2017

The project includes the installation of eight aboveground storage tanks, a rail spur, and equipment to load, store, blend and unload asphalt cement.

Public meeting set for Jan. 12 on proposed hog facility expansions near St. Charles Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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.

MPCA extends comment period on water quality report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes — other sources include failing septic systems and roadway runoff.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed expansion of Jordan’s sanitary sewer system Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The sewer interceptor line will have a 13.1 million gallons a day capacity, which accounts for both current and future needs.

MPCA responds to concerns about proposed hog farm near Zumbrota Monday, December 19, 2016

Following public comments and before a public meeting Dec. 12 in Zumbrota, MPCA staff revised the EAW for a proposed large hog farm.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Wilkin County Monday, December 19, 2016

Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers would be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn.

MPCA to host public meetings Jan. 12 and 26, for Mississippi Headwaters water quality projects Friday, December 16, 2016

The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bemidji and Jan. 26 in Cohasset.