The state of water

confluence of Mississippe River on right and the Minnesota River on left

Minnesota’s water has come a long way from the days when raw sewage flowed untreated into rivers as a matter of course. However, there is still a lot of work to be done if we are going to restore the impaired lakes, rivers, and streams in the state. Land use is a major factor in our current water quality problems — agricultural drainage, urban and rural runoff, and erosion caused by removing vegetation from shorelines. It's not just the regulated facilities like wastewater treatment plants that need to do more, it's all of us — the citizens.

How's my lake or stream?

Search for water quality information on specific lakes and streams

Get a snapshot of the health of Minnesota lakes and streams with information on overall condition, water clarity, recreational uses, and fish consumption advisories.

Key water information catalogue

The Metropolitan Council maintains a list of key water information and data sources from six Minnesota state agencies. The page is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of Minnesota water information links, but a listing of main or key web pages of water information.

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