Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Making a difference

Study: Farm conservation improving Mississippi River

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Wisconsin Public Radio

A new study shows agricultural conservation is making an impact on water quality in the upper Mississippi River basin. The USDA and USGS measured how farm conservation practices have affected nutrient levels in the upper Mississippi River. Using data from the early 2000s, researchers found that farmers were able to reduce nitrogen levels up to 34 percent and phosphorus levels up to 10 percent through practices like nutrient management.

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Wisconsin sets pollution marks for river basin

Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin regulators are embarking on the biggest water pollution control program for the 900-square-mile greater Milwaukee River basin since construction of the deep tunnel system. The DNR released preliminary figures for reductions that Milwaukee and other communities must meet for key pollutants flowing into the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers.

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Stormwater cleanup goes high tech in Minnesota

MPR News

Polluted stormwater running off of Twin Cities buildings can lead to algae blooms and other problems in the Mississippi River, and if it's bad enough, state regulators force cities to do something about it. The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is looking to get ahead of that with a new treatment and research facility that will treat about 169 million gallons of stormwater each year.

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