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Chloride 101

Minnesota waters need a low-salt diet Minnesota has a growing salty water problem that threatens its freshwater fish and other aquatic life. Chloride from both de-icing salt  and water softener salts gets into lakes and…

Why you should care about water quality

Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater are valuable public resources. In addition to being powerful symbols of our state, they provide drinking water, recreational and tourism opportunities, wildlife habitat, water for agriculture and industrial…

Safely Deposit Pharmaceuticals

There could be some in your medicine cabinet right now — unused prescription drugs you’ve just forgotten about. Proper disposal keeps them from being misused or contaminating our fragile rivers and lakes, and now it’s…

Water Re-use in Minnesota

Minnesota is a land of many lakes and much water, but demand is increasing and some communities have found ways to reuse some of the water.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that the surest…

Microfiber Matters

Take a look in your closet. What do you see? Clothes you wear? Clothes you never wear? You’re probably not thinking that’s a lot of plastic. Plastic —polyester, acrylic, nylon, and other synthetic fibers—is about…

Adopt-A-River

The Adopt-A-River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to “adopt” a section of a river, lake, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. The Adopt-A-River Program is part of the Department of…

Go Anti Antibacterial

It turns out that plain soap and water is just as effective as antibacterial soaps for keeping hands clean and germ free. But Triclosan, the chemical compound added to some liquid soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics and…

Lake Turnover

Carver County Water Management Org. Water Column While swimming in one of our many Minnesota lakes in the summer, if you let your feet hang down, you may notice that as you get deeper, the…

Why Do Cities Sweep Streets?

Using street sweepers is more than just for aesthetic purposes.  The food wrappers and cigarette butts are an eye sore, but the sand and salt on the streets are just as much of a nuisance….

Pledge to Keep our water
Drinkable, Fishable, Swimmable

Pledge and Play!

Take the pledge and download our Clean Water BINGO. Play to help keep our water clean and you could win some great prizes — an iPad, a rain barrel, movies tickets and more!

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