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MPCA Publishes New Rivers & Streams Report

streamThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently published a new report called, “The Condition of Rivers and Streams in Minnesota.” The MPCA conducted two statewide water monitoring surveys at randomly selected sites from 1995-2006 and 2010-2011 to provide researchers with data to characterize the condition of rivers and streams throughout Minnesota. The surveys provide insight on current conditions and how different patterns of land use are associated with water quality and aquatic life.

Some of the report's highlights include:

  • Nearly 50% of Minnesota’s streams have been altered to promote drainage for agriculture and urban development.
  • The state was divided into three regions based on soils, vegetation, topography, and land use. River and stream conditions generally range from very good in the northeast region to poor in the southwest region.
  • The report established baseline conditions for Minnesota’s rivers and streams, so that future surveys can track changes in overall river health.  

A third water monitoring survey will begin in 2015. To access more information about the MPCA’s monitoring program activities, click here.



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