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Minnesota's role in nitrate pollution

At stake: the safety of the state’s drinking water and the health of fish and other aquatic life in its rivers and streams. And far downstream, the future of the Gulf of Mexico, where the oxygen-deprived “dead zone” is linked to nitrogen compounds carried to it from the agricultural heartland via the Mississippi River.

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Nitrogen pollution widespread in southern Minnesota waters, report finds

Nitrogen contamination in the southern half of Minnesota is so severe that 27 percent of the state’s lakes and rivers could not be used as drinking water, according to a new and unexpectedly blunt assessment of the state’s most prevalent form of water pollution.

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John Hoffman: Minnesota Legacy Amendments: Making our investment in clean water pay off

The Clean Water Accountability Act (CWAA) passed earlier this year works to cleanup waterways through more effective monitoring strategies, priority funding for non-point source pollution and clearer benchmarks and timetables. 

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Local view: Obama's leadership needed to address global warming

On May 9, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed a long-feared milestone. Scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reported it reached a concentration of 400 parts per million, something not seen on the Earth for millions of years.

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Minnesota's BWCA and Kawishiwi make list of most endangered rivers

The South Kawishiwi — a clean, cold river near Ely, Minn., that tumbles out of the BWCA and then back into it — is threatened by copper mining projects pending along its banks and on the doorstep of the BWCA.

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