In the town of Worthington, lake life is a part of the culture. “Whenever we poll the community about what the most important features are, what their proudest of in the community, Lake Okabena always comes in number one,” Okabena Ocheda Watershed District’s Dan Livdahl said.
It’s a smell that comes with warmer temperatures and increased algae in the water. It’s also something you can see: dead fish floating on all the lakes in Minnesota. The experts call it a “fish kill,” and it has many wondering is the water safe. Dawn Summers of Minneapolis Park and Recreation says that this is a common occurrence.
There’s one bright side to the dark clouds we’ve seen day after day — a better drought outlook. Meteorologist Matt Brickman said while some of the state is still in a severe drought, recent moisture has helped make big improvements.
A winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain is giving way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and a potential for flooding.
A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are cutting back significantly on the amount of soil and nutrients eroding from fields to the Great Lakes and neighboring waterways.
A plan two years in the making to protect the 72-mile portion of the Mississippi River that runs through the Twin Cities could be scrapped if a legislative proposal is green-lighted.