Speaker suggests Minnesota River can be clearer

On January 20-21, Dr. Peter Wilcock presented a paper to the Freshwater Society and University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, "Sediment, Science, and Stakeholders — Clearing the Muddy Waters of the Minnesota River" that suggests hope for clearing up the Minnesota River. Geology, history, and politics can join forces in Minnesota, he contends, to reverse turbidity from non-point sources, especially by storing water at higher altitudes and stabilizing earth under buildings and bridges.

All that litters is not gold

autumn leavesAn excellent article on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website tells how leaf litter, especially as it falls into storm drains, degrades our lakes and rivers.

The article gives timely tips on what to do with your fallen leaves — just about anything really except burn them or let them get into the storm drain.

Click here to get the scoop on what to do with those autumn leaves when they begin to fall.

Winnebago to reduce pollutants entering Blue Earth River

The University of Minnesota Extension Service explains how the town of Winnebago plans to reduce pollutants on the Blue Earth River, a tributary of the Minnesota River. With a loan from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other funds, the town will upgrade infrastructure and reduce water volume and pollution entering the river beginning next year. Read all about it here.