EPA: Many U.S. streams badly polluted

More than half the streams and rivers in the United States are in poor condition for aquatic life, the Environmental Protection Agency announced this week. Major findings of the a huge research and testing effort,  according to an EPA news release, include: —  Nitrogen and phosphorus are at excessive levels. Twenty-seven percent of the nation’s … Read more EPA: Many U.S. streams badly polluted

PFOS levels decline in the Mississippi

Levels of a chemical once manufactured by the 3M company — perfluorooctane sulfate, or PFOS — are declining in the Mississippi River fish below the Twin Cities, but the levels remain high  between the 3M manufacturing plant in Cottage Grove and the dam at Hastings. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reported those results from extensive … Read more PFOS levels decline in the Mississippi

State of the River report examines Mississippi

The Friends of the Mississippi and the National Park Service have produced an in-depth review of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. The report, issued Thursday, Sept. 27, examines the health and safety of the river’s water for the organisms that live in it and for the humans who drink it and swim … Read more State of the River report examines Mississippi

Take a shot at spending $185 million on clean water

If you had $185 million to spend protecting  and cleaning up Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and groundwater, how would you spend it? What projects and what state agencies would you decide are worthy of taxpayer dollars? Which would you conclude are low-priority projects that maybe the state can do without? Here’s your chance to take a … Read more Take a shot at spending $185 million on clean water

MN FarmWise aims to clean up, protect streams

The Freshwater Society and several partners are organizing a community-based farmer-to-farmer initiative designed to protect streams by supporting the voluntary adoption of conservation measures on agricultural lands. The project, MN FarmWise, has been planned over the last year by an advisory group that includes farmers and other agricultural professionals. It is a partnership between Freshwater, … Read more MN FarmWise aims to clean up, protect streams

White Bear Lake levels and a Freshwater app

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. Newsletter available electronically A new Freshwater Society newsletter is available. Check it out on … Read more White Bear Lake levels and a Freshwater app

A report card on Minnesota's environment

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. Dayton seeks environmental report card Trumpeting his administration’s success in speeding up permitting … Read more A report card on Minnesota's environment

Arsenic, Asian carp and a climate poll

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. Arsenic often found in water samples About 20% of untreated water samples from … Read more Arsenic, Asian carp and a climate poll

Nitrate in the Mississippi; carp DNA in St. Croix

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. Research: Nitrate increasing in Mississippi The nitrate flowing down the Mississippi River each … Read more Nitrate in the Mississippi; carp DNA in St. Croix

Forum on 2012 Farm Bill set Aug. 22

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. Minnesota forum set on U.S. Farm Bill Every five years, a massive federal … Read more Forum on 2012 Farm Bill set Aug. 22