Editorial: Targeted action helps river mend

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 9:50 PM

Testing shows improvement in Minnesota River health.

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jimkondrickNov. 26, 1211:58 PM

Sadly, your article makes no mention of the biggest polluters of them all...farmers and the agricultural chemicals they gladly pump pour into the land to get every last dollar out of their acreage.

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Karen in EPNov. 30, 12 1:24 PM

I think farmers are a difficult group to contend with, but a lot of their actions are pretty understandable. Here is my view: They are independent and don't like to be told what to do - so they are a difficult group to put pressure on. They don't want to have to take a hit in production if they're near water unless everyone else does (understandable). Commodity prices and farm land prices are very high so they want to maximize what they have (understandable). It's not always clear what the best solution is, either. Having a physical buffer between farm and lake seems to be useful, but runoff still hits groundwater tables. And it will cost money to make accommodations - who's to pay it? I don't know how clear Minnesota is on these issues, and these are very much my non-expert views. I applaud what's happening so far, and that the legislature of 2009 commissioned a study for a water sustainability framework. (You go, Legacy Funds!!)

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