Nitrogen pollution is widespread in southern Minnesota lakes and rivers, report finds

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Nitrogen runoff load is heavy and rising

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hobozekeJun. 26, 1310:57 AM

Is it time to teach the agriculture chemical producers there are more important elements than profit at the expense of a highly valuable, very limited resource - water? Why did EPA impose clean water guidelines years ago on industrial discharge but not on agricultural pollution?

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LinksterJun. 26, 1311:01 AM

Cue the line of farmers and farmer-apologists who will assert that they are guiltless stewards of the land, and that the problem is homeowners and their lawn fertilization that is to blame. They will, as usual, disregard the facts to make this point.

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lydia1952Jun. 26, 1312:15 PM

They should also take a look at the Clearwater River (now an oxymoron) and its chain of lakes. We're already seeing bright blue algae blooms and fish kills. The water is disgusting. Lots of farm land draining in. Twenty-five years ago the water wasn't great, but it has been steadily worsening over the past five years. It is criminal that nothing is being done to stop the pollution at its source.

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frontnibbleJun. 26, 1312:37 PM

It what plants want! - Line from the movie "Idiocracy".

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HjelmsJun. 26, 1312:39 PM

Seems to make sense that 3/4 of the runoff in a rural, agricultural area of the state is from agriculture. This article does NOT say that 75% of the runoff in the whole state is from agriculture. I wonder what the level and/or source of run-off from Edina is? Lot of pretty, green lawns and golf courses....

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jimmrockfordJun. 26, 13 1:47 PM

With all of the rain we've had so far this year I have to believe more fertilizer, topsoil and junk has been flushed into the lakes and rivers as well. Livestock and Ag farms are for sure the main polluters overall. But hey, we all need to eat. But we definitely do NOT need corn Ethanol!!!!

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chulapieJun. 26, 13 2:06 PM

Clean up costs high? Make the polluters clean up their destruction of rivers and lakes. You pollute. You clean up. End of conversation.

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zipperlipxsJun. 26, 13 3:47 PM

Human population growth to large to ignore.

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ruphinaJun. 26, 13 3:51 PM

Just make everyone take their drinking water immediately downstream of their runoff/treatment plant. Then they can weigh the costs of cleaning up before or after they draw from it to drink. Bill G.

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lauren57Jun. 26, 13 4:26 PM

What is the state standard for nitrogen in surface water? The article should have mentioned that.

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