Study finds pharmaceuticals, other chemicals in remote Minnesota lakes

Study finds pharmaceuticals, other chemicals in remote Minnesota lakes

Photo: A remote lake in Cook County, Minn. A three-year study by the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in 28 lakes in northeastern Minnesota, including some with little or no human development. Courtesy Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

A study has found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in remote lakes in and


In ‘Historic Vote,’ Ohio City Residents Grant Lake Erie Legal Rights of a Person

photo: Lake Erie and the Ohio shoreline

“What Toledo voters and other places working on rights of nature are hoping is to not only change laws but to change culture.”

Tired of receiving notices warning that their drinking water may have been compromised and having little recourse to fight corporate polluters, voters in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday approved a measure granting Lake Erie some of the same legal rights as a human being.

Sixty-one percent of voters … [more…]

Cows for cleaner water

photo: Cows for cleaner water - Minnesota

Minnesota ranchers and recreationalists find common ground with help from Extension RSDP

Sarah Kuschel, her husband, Miles, and their three children raise beef cattle on pasture in southern Cass County. “My family uses this ground, and we live, work and sleep here,” she says.

Kuschel is among many ranchers in an area of central Minnesota where water flows into the Pine River, to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, and then … [more…]

‘Our water is our diamond’

photo: Minnesota water lilies growing in recovering lakes

Photo: White water lilies bloom in South Center Lake off the shore of Loren’s Park in Center City. Three cities — Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City — are surrounded by the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes. Most of Lindstrom’s 3.5 square miles lie within the shoreland district. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR

As urban and rural conservation practices improve water quality, two lakes in the Chisago Lakes Chain of


Doctors say Minnesota needs to do more to protect kids from lead exposure in school water

photo: so many school water fountains test for high levels of lead, laws are requiring testing and disclosure

Pediatricians, teachers and water quality experts say more needs to be done to protect school kids from exposure to high lead levels at the water fountain.

This school year, a new Minnesota law went into effect requiring public and charter schools to approve a lead water testing plan, conduct drinking water tests in the next five years and share results with parents.

“The law was a really important step,” said … [more…]