MPCA Lists Over 3,000 Impaired Waters in Minnesota; Sending List to EPA

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MPCA Lists Over 3,000 Impaired Waters in Minnesota; Sending List to EPA

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared the draft 2012 impaired waters list and is sending it to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

The list, updated every two years, includes 3,643 total impaired waters, 511 of which are new. The MPCA is also recommending that 13 formerly-impaired waters be taken off the list because they now meet water quality standards and are considered healthy.

To determine the health of the state's waters, the MPCA gathers at least two years of monitoring data, and then analyzes that data to determine whether the waters meet state and federal standards for swimming, boating and fishing.

If they do not, the waters are listed as impaired and undergo further study to determine how they can be restored to a healthy condition.

324 water ways that are in the Lake Superior Basin are listed as impaired. About 60 waterways in the Lake Superior Basin were added to the impaired list in 2012.

For more information about the list, you can log onto the MPCA's website

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