Reports call for significant reduction in nutrient pollution in watershed

Two reports by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and its partners are calling for significant decreases in nutrient pollution in lakes and streams in the Shell Rock River Watershed District to better support fish and recreation.

The reports call for strategies including expanding cropland practices, reduction in phosphorus from the city of Albert Lea’s wastewater treatment plant, increased wetland restoration and continued lake management strategies, among other efforts.

“A great deal of good work has already been done in this watershed, but the job is not finished,” said Wayne Cords, regional watershed manager for the MPCA. “We need significant reductions in pollutants for the lakes and streams to better support fish, aquatic insects and recreation. The reductions need to come from all sources — urban, business, rural and agricultural.”

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