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Meetings will discuss excess nutrients in Pope County lakes

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), in partnership with the Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), will hold a public input meeting to discuss the excess nutrient total maximum daily load (TMDL) study for eight lakes in Pope County.

The lakes are Leven, Gilchrist, Reno, Ann, Malmedahl, Strandness, Pelican, and Emily.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 14, in the Glenwood Senior Center at 107 South Franklin Street. There will be an open house from 6 to 7 p.m., a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

Area landowners, residents and other interested groups and individuals are invited to attend.

The lakes are listed as impaired for excess nutrients on the MPCA's impaired waters list. Excess nutrients can result from a variety of land use types and practices in the watersheds of the lakes.

The MPCA is in the process of completing the TMDL study and seeks local input on the process. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation on what has been learned to date, the schedule for completion of the study and an overview of the implementation plan.

Representatives from the Pope SWCD, Emmons and Olivier Resources (an environmental consulting firm), and MPCA will be present to respond to questions.

Minnesota TMDL studies and reports are part of a nationwide effort under the federal Clean Water Act to identify and clean up pollution in streams, rivers and lakes.

Every two years, states are required to submit a list of impaired waters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A TMDL study establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant a water body can receive (known as the "loading capacity") without exceeding water quality standards.