In communities throughout Minnesota, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff along with other government agencies and citizen groups, are working to protect and restore our rivers, lakes and streams to ensure that our waters are safe for recreation and consumption, and support fish and wildlife ecosystems. Learn more about these efforts by exploring the stories below.
It started in 1998 with 17 volunteers monitoring the health of 22 stream sites in southeast Minnesota. Today there are more than 400 volunteers and 500 stream sites across Minnesota.
New report shows that overall the Rainy River-Headwaters watershed’s water quality conditions are good to excellent.
Citizen water monitors like Mike Brinda help MPCA measure water clarity of lakes and streams in Minnesota. Are you up for the challenge?
The legacy of farmer Jim Frederick lives on this growing season. He was known as a leader who listened, a business man who knew his economics, and conservationist who practiced what he preached.
Minnesota's Red River flows north to Manitoba's Lake Winnipeg. This agreement aims to reduce polluting nutrients entering the river.
The first of its kind in Minnesota, a farmer-led council is working to keep troubles such as nitrates, sediment and bacteria out of the anglers’ paradise of the Whitewater River.
Most people know that spawning salmon migrate. Did you know something similar happens in rivers in Minnesota? Find out what is preventing fish from reaching good spawning habitat.
Using the watershed approach allows us to breakdown Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and many thousands of miles of streams and rivers into manageable sections.
Mayflies are very sensitive to pollution, and as such are usually only found at high quality, minimally polluted sites.
Minnesota is the envy of every state in the nation. Find out how we got where we are.
Nearly all of Minnesota’s 80 major watersheds are benefitting from projects supported by the Clean Water Fund, according to a recent report.
With help from the state’s Legacy Fund, volunteers keep gateway to the Boundary Waters pristine
Minnesota state agencies are making it easier to find water data and information on a newly created webpage.
On the 5-year anniversary of the Clean Water Legacy amendment, water quality efforts are beginning to bear fruit in the form of major initiatives that will position Minnesota as a leader in water resources protection.
By converting old sewage treatment ponds to hunting grounds, Madelia saved more than $1 million and also bagged the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for 2013.
Find out how Powderhorn Lake (Minneapolis) went from being on the impaired waters list to being named "best lake" of 2013.
A dip below the surface of Snail Lake in the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District finds a healthy and thriving community.
This summer the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency started a 5-year effort to monitor Minnesota’s five largest rivers.
Minnesota and China to share information and ideas on controlling water pollution.
Lake Byllesby is popular for boating, fishing and swimming. However, the lake suffers from excess nutrient levels that fuel algal blooms. Farm runoff is one source of those nutrient levels.
Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes meets Hubei Province, Province of 1,000 Lakes. Chinese environmental delegates travel 7,000 miles to learn about Minnesota water quality efforts.
Testing shows significant environmental improvement in what has been considered one of Minnesota’s most polluted waterways.
New technology provides farmers with an arsenal of ways to keep nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen on fields and out of Minnesota’s lakes and streams. These nutrients can fuel algal blooms that hurt aquatic life and recreation.
Organizations seeking citizens in south-central Minnesota to lead the Le Sueur River Watershed project, which will include identifying areas for protection and restoration.
Intense storms of late spring can wash soil and other pollutants into rivers. Producers can use several techniques to protect their soil and water quality.
Several organizations and citizens partner in a project to restore Sauk River Watershed banks and shores.
Nancy Carver has led by example by restoring her shoreline on Little Rock Lake to native flowers and grasses and helping educate her neighbors on how to develop restoration plans for their shorelines.
Dairy’s quality efforts encompass milk, environmental stewardship
A Renville County farmer strategically planted tree windbreaks, shelterbelts and prairie grass buffers to keep soil and nutrients on cropland.
Communication, cooperation contribute to detailed action plan for West Fork Des Moines River watershed.
An alliance of local, state and federal agencies is starting to see the results of their efforts to protect and restore the waters of southeast Minnesota, where bacteria levels have dropped in two rivers.
With the start-up of Willmar’s new wastewater treatment plant in 2010, one of the Minnesota River's largest sources of phosphorus is being greatly reduced.
In western Minnesota, the Chippewa River 10 Percent Project encourages farmers to increase the planting of grasses and other crops to protect water quality.
Dennis Distad and Phil Tennis have spent the last 20 years working to protect water quality in Freeborn County. Through their efforts, every mile of the 350 miles of public ditches in the county will have grass strips that filter rain and snow melt running off farm fields.