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

Freshwater Blog: Clean water funding 2016

Minnesota’s Clean Water Council recently announced their recommendations for how sales tax money dedicated to cleaning up and protecting water should be spent. The recommendations for 2016/2017 show a priority for on-the-ground  programs that will directly impact water quality. The Freshwater Society finds a lot to like in the Clean Water Council’s recommendations. Many of … Read more

Ikes summit set Feb. 22

Join the Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League on Saturday, Feb. 22, for a day-long conference on state initiatives for water management and wetland conservation. The event – Watershed Summit 2014: New Management Strategies & Targets for Water Quality/Quantity – will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Normandale Community College in … Read more

Ag-water quality book published

The Soil and Water Conservation Society has published a new book titled How to Build Better Agricultural Conservation Programs to Protect Water Quality: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Conservation Effects Assessment Program. Learn more, order the full book or get free electronic access on a chapter-by-chapter basis.

Tougher water enforcement; bow fishing for invasives

EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson announces a tougher effort to enforce water quality rules. An Illinois man, confronted with a river full of jumping Asian carp, develops a new sport: extreme aerial bow fishing. And cleaner air sometimes means dirtier water, the New York Times reports in the latest installment in its Toxic Waters series. … Read more

Sensors speed water quality research

Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of some of the best regional, national and international articles on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to the original sources. UM studies remote sensors for water quality Measuring water quality in lakes and streams traditionally starts with a time-consuming trip … Read more

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 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

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