Gray Skies Got You Down? Turn up the Volume.

The Mississippi River is a flyway for 60% of all the birds in North America and 320 species of birds migrate through the St. Croix River Valley.

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State of the Mississippi River

We’ve achieved a 35% reduction in phosphorus concentrations in the metro Mississippi River, mostly due to improvements at wastewater treatment plants, but that improvement is somewhat counteracted by the increase in flow coming from upstream.

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Worlds apart and yet somehow not so different

Last month, my husband and I had the good fortune to travel down to Louisiana for a week of Mardis Gras festivities, a holiday that many northerners associate with episodes of MTV Spring Break or Girls Gone Wild. In reality, Mardis Gras is a family-friendly event, celebrated across the state in cities and towns large and…

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How’s the Water Minnesota? (Part 2 – Rivers and Streams)

In the Twin Cities metro area, development has impacted most of the rivers and streams and only 37% are meeting water quality standards for aquatic life.

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Getting to know your neighborhood uncommon fish

There are eight species of fish in Washington County that are considered threatened or special concern species by the State of Minnesota.

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Where the Mississippi River Wanders

Though tre are no more public meetings scheduled for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area rule revision process, the DNR is still accepting comments from the public until 4:30pm on Friday, Aug. 15.

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Stopping the Nitrogen Super-Highway

The amount of nitrogen flowing downstream in the Mississippi River has doubled since 1976 and nitrogen levels are increasing in about half of the other rivers and streams in Minnesota as well.

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More big rainstorms? It’s not your imagination.

Rainfall in Minnesota has increased by 20-25% for 50 and 100-year storms.

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Is there such a thing as too clean? The problem with antibacterial soaps

In the sediment of Lake Pepin, downstream of the Twin Cities metro area, dioxins derived from triclosan have increased by 200-300% since the 1960s.

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