MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new report card on the Mississippi River finds signs that the river’s health is improving.
But the State of the River Report issued Wednesday also calls for protecting the river against emerging contaminants, such as microplastic fibers and chloride, and agricultural pollution.READ MORE: 'These Officers Have Suffered': Ex-MPD Officers, Many Citing PTSD, Get Six-Figure Settlements From City
The report examines 14 key indicators of the Mississippi’s health, including bacteria, phosphorus, nitrate and sediment levels, as well as recreation and wildlife.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
Bald eagle, mussel and fish populations are increasing, the report found. But the report says recreation and aquatic habitat on the Mississippi is being degraded by excess sediments and phosphorus, mainly from agricultural sources.
The report was released by the Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service Mississippi National River and Recreation Area unit.MORE NEWS: For Quarter-Century, Immigrant Law Center Has Been Helping Paths To Citizenship In Minnesota
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