30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
What's With The Stink In The Twin Cities?People across the Twin Cities noticed a strange smell in the air on Monday. From Elk River to St. Paul to Lakeville to Minnetonka, social media was buzzing about a strange odor in the air.
Reports: Minnesota's Wetlands Aren't Healthy EverywhereMinnesota's wetlands are healthy overall but are suffering in agricultural and populated areas, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said in a pair of reports released Thursday just ahead of the waterfowl season. The reports paint a picture of two distinct parts of Minnesota. Around three-fourths of the state's wetlands are in north-central and northeastern Minnesota.
Health Officials: Lab Employee Misconduct Prompts Water Sample ReviewState health officials say a laboratory employee is under scrutiny after an internal review found evidence of misconduct on work performed on state water samples.
Grout Spill Leads To Contamination Of Robbinsdale LakeA Robbinsdale lake is contaminated after a contractor accidentally released cement grout into a storm sewer Wednesday. Crystal city officials say the accident happened during work on a water main project on County Road 9.
Dayton Creates New Environmental Citizens BoardGov. Mark Dayton is creating a new citizen advisory panel to consult with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on environmental matters.
Report Links Air Pollution To 2,000 Twin Cities Deaths In 2008Air pollution may be a factor in the deaths of thousands of Twin Cities residents a year, a new report says.
Minnesota Sees Worst Air Quality In 20 Years Due To Canadian WildfiresMassive forest fires in Canada continue to cause problems in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reported that Monday's air quality was the worst that has been recorded in Minnesota in the last 20 years. MPCA spokesperson Frank Kohlasch says for about 8 hours on Monday air quality was worse in Minnesota than it is in Beijing, China.
Air Pollution Warning Issued For Northern MinnesotaThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an air pollution warning for northern Minnesota due to smoke from wildfires in Canada.
Canadian Wildfires Causing Unhealthy Air In MinnesotaThe thick haze caused by smoke from more than 100 Canadian wildfires is causing unhealthy air quality conditions across a large part of Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports that the air quality is rated unhealthy for everyone from a large part of northwestern Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes, extending down to Brainerd and St. Cloud toward the Twin Cities suburbs.
Officials Warn Of Toxic Algae Blooms After Child Gets SickHealth officials are warning the public about toxic blue-green algae blooms in Minnesota lakes after incidents earlier this month where a child was hospitalized and two dogs died near Alexandria.
MPCA Citizens' Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To FightJust two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen's board held its last meeting on Tuesday.