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More than 300 polluted lakes and rivers added to Minnesota's impaired waters list

Another 305 rivers, lakes or streams contaminated, some with PFAS


November 9, 2021

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Algae bloomed in 2020 on the swimming beach at South Lida Lake in Maplewood State Park in Otter Tail County.

Another 305 streams, lakes and rivers in Minnesota have become too polluted to meet federal water standards and will be added to the state's impaired waters list.

The list, updated Monday by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), now includes about 3,000 bodies of water with more than 6,000 specific impairments.

"These are streams with degraded habitat or with too much sediment for fish to find food," said Peter Tester, deputy commissioner of the MPCA. "Many have high bacteria levels that make them unsafe to swim. Many have too many nutrients that grow algae. Some have more than one impairment. That's too many."


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