New Report Shines Light on Minnesota Water Quality Concerns

New Report Shines Light on Minnesota Water Quality Concerns

We can be part of the solution and fix some of these concerns using green roofs as storm water controls in our urban areas!  -MGRC


ST. PAUL, MN – A new report released today by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) provides additional evidence that agricultural and urban runoff is contributing significantly to the impairment of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. The new study, which monitored half of the state’s 81 major watersheds, takes an in-depth look at the lakes and streams in major drainage areas. According to the MPCA, it is unlikely that current or new clean water funding can significantly improve the deteriorating conditions of many of the state’s waters – unless the state employs new strategies to prevent the pollution from happening in the first place.

 “This report underscores that water quality is a widespread problem,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “There are many different sources of the problem, and there are many different solutions, and they vary from one part of the state to another. But, everyone has to be part of the solution. The solution really has to be to engage Minnesotans in this undertaking and see this as part of our responsibility as citizens, and as stewards of our state. “

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