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Anoka County Well Water Testing Update

The Anoka County Well Water Testing program will continue to operate on a limited basis through at least March 2021. Water samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrates) will be accepted on the last Monday (1-4 pm) and Tuesday (9-11:30 am) of each month. Water samples for other analyses (arsenic, manganese, lead, etc.) will not […]

BWSR Approves Lower St. Croix One Watershed, One Plan

The following is a news release from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Anoka County communities within the Lower St. Croix major watershed are Linwood Township and portions of East Bethel, Ham Lake, and Columbus (see image at the end of this post). ——————————————————————————————— A collaborative effort among 15 local governments to […]

New MPCA Newsletters Available

A variety of newsletters compiled by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) have published a new edition, including: SSTS Bulletin – Subsurface sewage treatment systems news and notes) On Point newsletter – News and updates for wastewater discharge permit holders MN Stormwater News To view a newsletter, click on its hyperlink below. The SSTS Bulletin […]

Minnesota Ground Water Association 2020 Fall Conference

The Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA) will be hosting its 2020 Fall Conference virtually on November 12th, 2020 from 8 am to 4:30 pm via Zoom. The focus of the conference is “Keeping it Clean: Protecting and Managing Groundwater Quality in Urban Environments”. Registration is open now and the deadline for pre-registration is November 6th. […]

Virtual MS4 Permit Chloride Discussion

Are you a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittee? The new MS4 General Permit is planned to be issued on Monday, November 16, 2020. Existing MS4 permittees will have 150 days (April 15, 2021) to complete and submit the permit application forms to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). There will be an opportunity […]

Online Children’s Water Festival Next Week – Register Now!

Final reminder that the FREE 23rd annual Metro Children’s Water Festival is online this year, with LIVE online classes from Monday, September 28th to Thursday, October 1st! Live classes will cover a wide variety of water topics. Some examples include: What lives in water? Who polluted? Journey through a watershed from forest to faucet Mosquito […]

Anoka County Well Water Testing Remains Limited

The Anoka County Well Water Testing program will continue to operate on a limited basis. Water samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrates) will be accepted on the last Monday (1-4 pm) and Tuesday (9-11:30 am) of each month until further notice. Water samples for other analyses (arsenic, manganese, lead, etc.) will not be accepted […]

Ramsey Conducting Feasibility Study of Water Treatment Plant

Back in 2019, the City of Ramsey detected manganese, an unregulated contaminant, in higher than recommended levels during routine water testing in some of the City wells. Since then, the City has been closely monitoring its water system for manganese and has reduced overall manganese levels by utilizing the City wells with the lowest levels […]

SepticSmart Week in Minnesota

Did you know that over 600,000 Minnesota residents and businesses rely on a septic system to treat their wastewater from things like toilets, sinks, and washing machines? This week (September 14th-20th) is SepticSmart Week in Minnesota, as declared by Governor Tim Walz. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says this week is a good time […]

Register to Attend the Online Metro Children’s Water Festival

The 23rd annual Metro Children’s Water Festival is FREE and will be offered online this year from Monday, Sept. 28—Thursday, Oct. 1. This event has always taken place as an in-person field trip at the State Fairgrounds, but this year, it will be online. The purpose of the festival is to educate 4th grade students […]

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