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Workhorse Minnesota River needs $360 million cleanup, state report says


September 3, 2019

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Star Tribune

Using tap water as a basis for comparison, far left, Minnesota River basin samples showed a 50% reduction in sediment, second from left; average sediment over the past few years; and the worst conditions after a storm.

The muddy water of the Minnesota River doesn't just look bad. High levels of sediment washing into the state's namesake river are choking out vegetation, suffocating fish and, eventually, clogging up Lake Pepin.

It is also responsible for the bulk of the sediment polluting the Mississippi River in the state.


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