Clean Water Fund on Track to Protect State's Water

By KBJR News 1

Clean Water Fund on Track to Protect State's Water

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Being the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota holds a lot of stock in protecting our rivers, lakes, streams and waterways.

That's why the state passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 to keep track of how agencies across the state are cleaning up our waterways. Now 4 years later, a new, collaborative report released by the agencies who received grants from the Clean Water Fund is showing that the state is on track in protecting our lakes, streams and rivers.

Agencies across the state have received $152 million between 2010 and 2011 to monitor and protect Minnesota's waterways.

Efforts to improve lake clarity and monitor wetland invertebrates are on track and are making progress to improving our lakes and wetlands.

Significant progress has been made in reducing mercury emissions in Minnesota, however world-wide mercury emissions are increasing. Also, many lakes and rivers are currently impaired because of high mercury concentrations in fish.

Pesticides in our drinking water has decreased in the last four years, however low levels of pesticide are still frequently detected in groundwater. Also, nitrates continue to appear in our drinking water in levels higher than what water standards allow across the state.

Although the pace of activities to restore polluted lakes and streams is being accelerated by Clean Water Funds, requests for clean-up funds are about three times greater than what is available.

To read the full report, you can visit the Minnesota's Legacy website at http://www.legacy.leg.mn/funds/clean-water-fund.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns