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WATER QUALITY

Even though leaves are a part of the environment, they can be harmful to lakes and water bodies if they're not disposed of correctly, city officials said.
"After removing 30,000 plus pounds last year, we anticipated a lower quantity of carp harvested this go round," said Scott Gilbertson, executive director for Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District.
The Sackett v. EPA case marks another attempt to pin down what is a waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, an issue that has been debated for years with the legal ambiguity a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers, property developers and others seeking clarity on how not to run afoul of federal law.
SOLlitude Lake Management, hired by the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, treated the lake with a chemical compound, commonly referred to as alum.

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The Sackett v. EPA case marks another attempt to pin down what is a waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, an issue that has been debated for years with the legal ambiguity a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers, property developers and others seeking clarity on how not to run afoul of federal law.
The Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa filed the suit Thursday in federal district court. It seeks to overturn the EPA’s approval last October of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s recent overhaul of its Class 3 and Class 4 water quality standards.
The Legislature approved $200,000 to investigate petroleum leak sites in Paynesville, Alexandria, Foley and Blaine.
Most debris found in the lake is considered to be normal construction debris.
A reception is planned for Thursday, June 23
Known as “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS have been popular with manufacturers for decades and can be found in everything from nonstick cookware coating to fire-extinguishing foam. Higher levels of exposure to PFAS have been linked to increased cancer risk, developmental delays in children, damage to organs such as the liver and thyroid, increased cholesterol levels and reduced immune functions, especially among young children.

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Lowell Deede, a retired wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office, began volunteering for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in 2015, collecting water samples and measuring water clarity.
City officials say the water is mostly storm water; residents are irate
An Aquatic Invasive Species and Aquatic Plant Survey was conducted on 45 lakes in the past three year.

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