Water Quality

Dayton Announces Statewide Water Quality SummitGov. Mark Dayton has announced plans to convene a statewide water quality summit in February. Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union.
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.
Special Session's Agenda Will Go Beyond EducationThe Democratic governor on Wednesday ramped up pressure on lawmakers to include funding for his No. 1 priority: a statewide pre-kindergarten program. He'll meet as early as next Tuesday with the Republican House Speaker to hammer out the agenda for the special session.
Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget BillA plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.
MPCA Seeks Volunteer Water Monitors The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. More than 1,300 Minnesotans volunteer to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs.
Farm Water Quality Event Set For Western MinnesotaFarmers in the Whiskey Creek area of western Minnesota are being invited to learn more about how they can help clean up the region's lakes and streams.
Vilsack To Launch Minn. Farm Water Quality ProgramAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Minnesota to launch a new pilot project offering farmers incentives to take steps to reduce water pollution from their operations. The USDA describes the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as the first of its type in the nation.
U Of M Hosts Red River Basin Water Quality Forum The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is hosting an international forum Thursday on the water quality challenges facing the Red River Basin in the U.S. and Canada.
MPCA Board To Hear Wild Rice Study UpdateThe Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hears an update Tuesday on a major study on a water quality standard meant to protect wild rice.
Forum On River Water Quality Set For Red WingThe public is invited to a conversation on water quality issues facing the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers on Thursday in Red Wing.
EPA Announces 'Great Lakes Week' For OctoberA partnership that includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to hold a new event called "Great Lakes Week" this fall.
Water Quality Remains Steady For Twin Cities Area LakesTwenty-one area lakes have received an "A" grade from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
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