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MPCA Schedules Regional Meetings to Discuss 2014 Draft Impaired Waters List

MPCAThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has posted the 2014 draft Impaired Waters List. The watersheds included in the 2014 list include Cannon, Lake of the Woods, Lake Superior – South, Leech Lake, Little Sioux, Long Prairie, Lower Big Sioux, Nemadji, Red Lake, Red River - Grand Marais Creek, Redeye, Rock, Pine, Sandhill, South Fork Crow, Thief, Upper Big Sioux, and Zumbro. The MPCA says most of the changes to the Impaired Waters List since the 2012 list was released are a result of assessments in these watersheds. To view the MPCA's 2014 draft Impaired Waters List, click here.

The 2014 draft Impaired Waters List includes the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) impairments that require "clean-up" studies under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. It also includes a list of inventory waters with completed TMDLs that have not yet been restored, "non-pollutant" impairments, and impairments due to natural sources. Appendix A of the 2014 draft is a list of mercury impairments, mainly for fish tissue concentration exceedences but also for water column mercury concentration exceedences.

The MPCA will hold a series of public meetings in December to discuss the content of the 2014 draft Impaired Waters List including the delistings, recategorizations, and impairments proposed. Each one hour meeting will review the assessments that have transpired in the region in the last two years.

MPCA public meeting schedule:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 10:00 a.m., MPCA Office, 525 Lake Ave., Duluth
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 9:00 a.m., MPCA Office, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1:00 p.m., MPCA Office, 714 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes
  • Wednesday, Dec.18, 11:00 a.m., MPCA Office, 18 Wood Lake Dr. SE, Rochester

If you would like to attend online, send an email to miranda.nichols@state.mn.us to request login information.



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