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Scary below the surface

Representatives of 3 environmental advocacy groups highlight some unflattering facts about state waters and their threats to Minnesota water resources

November 1, 2013

MARSHALL — Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. The Minnesota River adds 50 percent to the volume of the mighty Mississippi at the confluence of the two rivers south of the Twin Cities....

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Nov-04-13 11:34 AM

You raise some good points NBHH. There is more waste generated by some high density farming operations than small communities yet with less oversight and no treatment. Unfortunately, much of that manure contains antibiotics which, when used as fertilizer, contaminates both our water and food supply. Our water supply is limited - it's the same water that's been here for thousands of years and it's ALL the water we will ever have. We shouldn't be willing to trade a precious life-giving resource for profits or better greens and fairways.

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Nov-02-13 1:36 PM

Agriculture and industry should not have any concessions. There is huge contamination potential from any of the high density livestock and fowl operations. There have been requirements in other states, Iowa, for one where manure can be contained in pits for professional removal. Organic fertilizer is the byproduct. It's not a cure all but a substantial improvement. Golf courses as MNrocks alluded to already represent a huge demand/waste of a natural resource. And then what they use comes back as a pollutant? Not acceptable.

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Nov-01-13 10:51 PM

Thanks for the correction traveler. I apologize for incorrectly assuming your gender Ron.

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Nov-01-13 3:05 PM

Hartman, rona45 is not a she. He is Ron A. born in '45. NSA knows.

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Nov-01-13 12:47 PM

After reading rona's rant, she seems fine with drinking sewer water as long as sustainable energy subsidies end and the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Bottoms up rona!

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Nov-01-13 12:30 PM

Lets check the chemical and sewer residue from every town also. Then enforce these laws to include all the solar companies that got gov money to start the company and after bleeding everything possible out of the gov they just disappear leaving huge piles of dangerous cancer causing material Sylynda would be the first. And there was several others. Don't forget GM or GE. Lots of maybes and hysteria in this article. One would think we could be looking at more immediate problems like obamacare and how that will effect us or unemployment or the 11 million illegals. I wonder how much gov subsidys are going into illegal peoples pockets? housing , food, schooling, healthcare etc.

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Nov-01-13 9:50 AM

It would be wise for the cancer industry, like Avera, to step up and talk about this too.

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Nov-01-13 9:29 AM

Yah good luck with that but thanks for making an attempt. The only way that will work for majority in the farming industry is to pay them not to use the chemicals. And manure getting into the water - heavy fines for those. A neighbor farms up to the water-and has a huge dairy...but the commissioners look the other way. But also look at the lake shores most landscaped right to the waters edge - with golf course green grass. Shorelines altered cause it's a cheap fine if they catch you. Maybe this is also why we have a high level of cancer in the midwest. Maybe it's time to have a "water" tip line.

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