Openings on a New (old) Committee to Advise the MPCA

Governor Dayton is looking for good candidates for a new committee to advise the MPCA. This Committee replaces the MPCA Citizens Board eliminated during the 2015 Legislative Special Session. The new committee will play an important role in advising the MPCA on regulations, permits, and rules. Do you know any good candidates? Here is the … Read more Openings on a New (old) Committee to Advise the MPCA

Conservation Reserve acres to drop

The Freshwater Society blog publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. 3.9 million acres accepted for Conservation Reserve The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on … Read more Conservation Reserve acres to drop

Good news/bad news on western water use

Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Good news/bad news on western water use Water conservation efforts in the western … Read more Good news/bad news on western water use

Atrazine, dairy pollution and sewage rules

EPA considers new rules on atrazine TheEnvironmental Protection Agency plans to conduct a new study about the potential health risks of atrazine,  a widely used weedkiller that recent research suggests may be more dangerous to humans than previously thought. Atrazine — a herbicide often used on corn fields, golf courses and even lawns — has … Read more Atrazine, dairy pollution and sewage rules

Minnesota research probes endocrine disruptors

A major Minnesota research project – paid for by the sales tax increase voters approved last year, and conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and St. Cloud State University – is investigating one of the newest, least understood and most troubling types of water pollution: Endocrine disrupting compounds. The $896,000 project began sampling water  at … Read more Minnesota research probes endocrine disruptors

Endocrine Disruptors: Major Minnesota research under way

A major Minnesota research project – paid for by the sales tax increase voters approved last year, and conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and St. Cloud State University – is investigating one of the newest, least understood and most troubling types of water pollution: Endocrine disrupting compounds. The $896,000 project is sampling water at … Read more Endocrine Disruptors: Major Minnesota research under way

Volunteers monitor Minnesota's waters

(This  article was published in the March, 2009, Facets of Freshwater, the Freshwater Society’s newsletter. The newsletter is available at www.freshwater.org.) Last year, on about 1,500 lakes across Minnesota, volunteers leaned over the side of their boats and lowered a white metal disk into the water, carefully measuring how deep the disk descended until it vanished … Read more Volunteers monitor Minnesota's waters

MPCA proposes water-quality standards

Every three years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires states to review, update and — in many cases — strengthen their water-quality standards. Minnesota is in the middle of one of those reviews, and, for the first time, regulators are proposing setting a standard for phosphorus – a common pollutant that feeds algae growth – … Read more MPCA proposes water-quality standards