It’s one of our most vital resources; water.

Now a new report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sheds some light on grime in the state’s waters.
The steady song of rivers throughout Minnesota makes a peaceful soundtrack on a summer day.

“I find that it’s restful to come out here, to rejuvenate, to just get away from the busyness,” said Clarine Nelson, outdoor enthusiast.

According to a new report, that song may be muffled by muck.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency finds 40 percent of waterways are impaired by pollution.

Among the impaired waters; Clay County’s Buffalo River.

Runoff from farming is believed to be one of the leading causes of pollution.

The MPCA says mercury and bacteria are other major sources of damage.

300 waterways are being added this year to the growing list of polluted bodies.

“We need to do something to improve that, because the rivers and lakes need to be here for our children and our grandchildren,” said Nelson.

It’s important to note inclusion on the polluted list does not necessarily mean water is dangerous for folks.

Rather, the water has more pollutants in it than the threshold.

So how can you keep the water clean?

he National Resource Defense council says to try; being mindful of what you flush down the toilet, fixing oil and other fluid leaks on your car, and disposing of paints and other toxins properly.

The MPCA says the state is working on a plan to reduce pollution in the water.

“It’s important for our souls to have a spot where we can relax and enjoy nature,” said Nelson.

It keeps the rivers singing.

Waterways will be reassessed every decade to see whether they have improved, or deteriorated.


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