Eight lakes in Pope County targetedThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has initiated a project entitled the “Pope County 8 Lake TMDL Study.”
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has initiated a project entitled the “Pope County 8 Lake TMDL Study.”
The lakes identified in this project are Ann, Emily, Gilcrest, Leven, Malmedahl, Pelican, Reno and Strandness.
These lakes have been identified as not meeting water quality standards for nutrients and have been listed as “impaired.”
A study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is required to be performed on all waters that have been identified as impaired. The study will identify sources of pollutants within the watershed of each lake, determine the reductions in nutrient loads that will be required for the lakes to meet state water quality standards and develop a strategy to restore the lakes.
In an effort to bring interested parties together, two informational meetings will be held Tuesday, May 12 at the Minnewaska House, 24895 State Highway 29, Glenwood.
The meeting times are 5 and 7:30 p.m. A light buffet dinner will be available. During the meetings, the project team will present a summary of the available data, review assessments of the existing water quality of each lake, and answer questions regarding the TMDL study.
For information about the TMDL study, contact Tim James with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at tim.james@pca
.state.mn.us or (218) 846-8103.
For questions regarding the May 12 meetings, contact Luan Johnsrud, Pope Soil and Water Conservation District, at (320) 634-5327.