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Minnesota is among 12 Midwest states that are developing strategies to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus they send to the Gulf of Mexico. “We’ve developed a strategy that says we’re doing to do our fair share,’’ Wayne Anderson, MPCA, told about 140 people attending a public meeting in Willmar on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

MPCA looking at voluntary strategy to reduce excess nutrients in water


WILLMAR — If the surface area of all the streams and lakes within Minnesota were added together, it would create a sheet of water roughly equal in size to the “dead zone’’ found today in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reducing the amount of nutrients that Minnesota sends to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River is a major focus of a draft nutrient management strategy that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is outlining at meetings across the state.

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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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