Minnesota’s Safety Guidelines for Recreation on Ice

Dec 21

Minnesota’s Safety Guidelines for Recreation on Ice

In Minnesota there are some guidelines and advisories that remain, year after year, as a rule of thumb for keeping safe when bodies of water are covered with ice.  Ice is seldom the same thickness over a single body of water; it can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. Check the ice at least every 150 feet. Something you can do to...

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Minneapolis Water and Road Quality Measures

Dec 07

Minneapolis Water and Road Quality Measures

Road salt poses one of the larger threats to water quality during the winter. Salt splashed from the road kills nearby vegetation and can leave a border of dead and dying trees and shrubs along major roadways. Excess sodium from the most commonly used road salt, sodium chloride, destroys soil structure, which reduces its ability to retain water and increases the...

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Minnesota’s Water Quality Standards and Resources

Nov 24

Minnesota’s Water Quality Standards and Resources

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has developed a watershed monitoring strategy which uses an effective and efficient integration of agency and local monitoring programs to assess the condition of Minnesota’s surface waters. This strategy provides an opportunity to more fully integrate MPCA water resource management efforts in cooperation with local...

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Minneapolis Uses Mussels to Detect Contamination

Nov 09

Minneapolis Uses Mussels to Detect Contamination

In an era of increasingly sophisticated technology, two treatment plants on the Mississippi River are experimenting with what might be the original water-quality gauge: mussels. Water departments in Minneapolis are using native freshwater mussels in pilot programs as early-warning systems to detect possible contamination in the river. The mussels — Actinonaias...

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