Issues Remain As Buffers Move From Capitol To CroplandState officials are moving to implement new requirements for setbacks between cropland and waterways passed by the Legislature this year, but concern and confusion among farmers and lawmakers surrounding the new law makes it clear — the buffer battle in Minnesota isn't over.
Study: Southern Minn. Lakes Threatened By PollutionIn 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.
Stinky Lakes Due To Natural ‘Fish Kills' 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.
Recent Rain's Bright Side: Better Drought Outlook 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.
MPCA Advises Farmers On Manure ManagementA winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain is giving way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and a potential for flooding.
Report Says Farm Runoff Declining Near Great LakesA 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.
Bill Would Scrap Plan To Protect Mississippi RiverA 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.
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