Report cites monitoring study saying Minnesota River is getting cleaner

Study cites benefits of pollution reduction from wastewater treatment plants

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The Associated Press cited a report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that oxygen levels have increased in the Minnesota River, indicating that one of the state's most impaired streams is returning to health “and that efforts to reduce pollution from wastewater treatment plants are working.”

The news story stated, “MPCA staff monitored a 20-mile stretch of the lower river for three weeks in August to see if the hot, dry summer and low water flows would deplete dissolved oxygen levels. Such depletion had been a problem in previous droughts, but scientists were encouraged to find that oxygen levels remained high enough to support fish, bugs and other aquatic life despite the stressful conditions.”

MPCA and officials from the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities gave credit to public and private investments to cut phosphorus discharges to the river, which crosses the state from west to east, emptying into the Mississippi downstream from Minneapolis. Read more at www.northjersey.com/news/national/178914091_MPCA_says_Minnesota_River_becoming_healthier.html.



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