impaired waters list

impaired waters list
Is it safe to swim in the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities?
As an organization focused on the river’s health, we get asked this all the time. Read more
Bare feet standing on the sand along the shores of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.
Our comments on Minnesota's 2022 Impaired Waters List

On January 7, FMR was one of eight environmental organizations (led by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy) that provided comments to the State of Minnesota on the state's 2022 Impaired Waters List on behalf of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. We focused on three key pollutants: sulfate (in wild rice waters), "forever chemicals" and nitrate contamination. Here's our letter.  >>

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Nutrients down(ish), salts up in U.S. rivers

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey has found some disturbing — but uneven — trends in American rivers over the last generation.  >>

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More than half of Minnesota’s waters don’t meet water quality standards

Every two years, the state publishes a list of “impaired” waters that do not meet water quality standards. This year’s list shows that 56% of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams fail to meet standards. >>

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Minnesota's Impaired Waters 101

A brief overview of the Clean Water Act and Minnesota's Impaired Waters. >>

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Mississippi River flows below bridge.

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