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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
Minnesotans value clean water and want our rivers, lakes and streams to be clean, safe and healthy. In a recent bipartisan poll commissioned by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, 84% of Minnesotans said they were “very” or “somewhat concerned” about pollution of the Mississippi River. They have good reason to be concerned. Unfortunately, the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers are impaired with excess sediments that pollute the river and harm aquatic life, navigation and recreation. This excess sediment is also causing Lake Pepin to fill in at 10 times in natural rate.
To address this, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has completed draft cleanup plans (called "total maximum daily load studies" or “TMDLs”) for both rivers. FMR supports the plans’ overall pollution reduction goals — if achieved, they would greatly improve the overall health and vitality of the river’s ecology. However, the plans suffer from fundamental flaws that would certainly undermine their effectiveness if not corrected.
In order to achieve the goals set forth by these cleanup plans, the MPCA must amend the Mississippi and Minnesota river cleanup plans to:
Learn more about the South Metro Mississippi Turbidity TMDL.