The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been trying for years to figure out how to get taconite mines to reduce the sulfate in their effluent because it damages wild rice. The current effort involves something called Site Specific Standards, and it looks likely that it will have no more success than previous attempts.
Northshore Mine in Silver Bay wants to expand its tailings pond; environmental groups are asking for a thorough Environmental Impact Statement.
Taking steps to put the St. Louis River on a mercury diet.
Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa share their generations-old farming practices.
Recent studies show how protected waters of Midwest National Parks are affected by global forces.
Scientists have learned a lot about aquatic invasive species, and experts now say the appearance of an exotic species in a body of water doesn’t necessarily mean the end of life as we know it.
The federal government has approved controversial water quality changes for Minnesota.
“We’ll use these stable isotope fingerprints of mercury to look at what source is being methylated and getting into the fish,” says USGS’s Sarah Janssen.
“People in the community were grateful we were getting some kind of help, but it turned out to be an epic disaster.”
A favorite essay from Darby Nelson’s book, For Love of Lakes