Article courtesy of Staff of Dawn Doering | April 7th, 2016 | ABC Newspapers | Shared as educational material. In Minnesota, the state administers the Clean Water Act permitting program to clean up water pollution. This program is known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which has been around since 1972. For those that […]
Taxpayers spent nearly $125 million last year to clean up Minnesota lakes, streams and groundwater contaminated by farming, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state and federal budget data that highlight agriculture’s increasingly prominent role as a source of water pollution.
At least three wells on Brisson’s Point in Minnestoa were apparently contaminated in the 1970s and 1980s by a dry cleaning establishment in Ely, where there had been illegally dumping of highly toxic dry cleaning solvents on the property, apparently for years.
In 1988, nitrate in Figge’s well at his home outside Hastings registered below 1 milligram per liter, but by 2013, it had spiked to 10 milligrams per liter, a level considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
With an infection contracted in a lake being blamed for the death of an Alexandria boy, many may hesitate before packing up and heading out to the lakes. However, health officials in both Minnesota and North Dakota insist the lakes in the region are safe, though they encourage people to take the proper precautions.
The Minnesota Department of Health discovered 19 municipal water systems around the state with bacteriological, arsenic and radioactive elements in their drinking water during 2014.
Farm-related nitrate pollution represents a “growing chemical threat to Minnesota’s drinking water,” according to a new Health Department report.
A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows a steady flow of problems into Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams. The agency found that water quality varies across the state, but poor conditions are concentrated in southern Minnesota. The report, which took several years for the agency to produce, says agricultural and urban runoff is a major factor in Minnesota’s water quality problem.
Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the state’s water resources. As a result, National Groundwater Awareness Week was established more than two decades ago to bring attention to the important role groundwater plays in the health and well-being of people.
The Brainerd Public Utilities Board decided Tuesday to stop chlorinating city water. It’s an unusual move for a public water supply and once again makes Brainerd one of the largest cities in the state still pumping un-chlorinated water to its residents.
The amounts of nitrates leaching into groundwater beneath the city of Hastings are approaching levels that could result in serious health effects.