There’s no better remedy to the hot, humid days of a Minnesota summer than heading to one of the many lakes that we’re famous for. Unfortunately, our waterways are in danger: the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has added over 300 lakes, rivers, and streams to the list of polluted waters.
Minnesota must submit a list of polluted bodies of water to the EPA every two years. Our list has grown each time. To date, 40% of our rivers and lakes are impaired by pollutants.
The Clean Water Act of 1972 set the goal of keeping water drinkable, fishable, and swimmable. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1978 protects one of Minnesota’s most unique wilderness areas from logging, motor vehicles, and pollutants. But the latest reports show there is still work to be done.
Minnesota’s abundant natural resources belong to all of us, and that’s why we must work together to ensure they’re taken care of – now and for future generations.