Streams

Hundreds of Waterways Added to List of Impaired Waters

About one-third of the waterways are impaired for recreational use.

MINNEAPOLIS–More than half of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams don’t meet state pollution standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 581 waterways to its list of impaired waters in its biennial report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Wednesday. The 3,416 waterways represent 56% of the state’s waters. They have a range of problems, including excess mercury, bacteria,…