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A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency team conducting an assessment last summer on Hawk Creek reaches shore near a culvert. Due to extensive public and private drainage systems, water that would have evaporated, percolated into groundwater or stayed put in wetlands is now moved rapidly to waterways. (Tribune file photo)

In farm country, water quantity and quality inextricably linked

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From his home along Hawk Creek, Renville County environment and community development director Mark Erickson has watched its rushing waters swell to two separate crests in the last couple of weeks, bouncing back 32-inches overnight the second time.

The second time, he also watched a four- to six-foot wide section of river bank collapse into the churning waters as well.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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