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Whitney Clark of the Friends of the Mississippi River group said on Tuesday that now is the time for Minnesotans to demand that farmers take action to prevent water pollution. Behind him is Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness. In front of them were piles of dirt, with the smaller one representing the amount of pollution put in the water and the one on the right showing how much farmers contribute to the pollution problem. (Photo by Don Davis)

Cities, conservationists say farmers pollute too much

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota city and conservation leaders say farmers contribute most of the pollution to state waters but do too little to prevent the damage or fix it.


They told reporters Tuesday that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency needs to take action by ordering farmers to lower their pollution contribution.

"It is not fair when only the city residents pay the bills," said Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness, president of the League of Minnesota Cities.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.