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Pomme de Terre TMDL report open for comments to MPCA

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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is requesting comments on a draft of the Pomme de Terre River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Report.

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Four lakes and six sections of the river and it’s tributaries have been placed on the state’s impaired waters list for exceeding water quality standards for excess nutrients, bacteria, turbidity, low dissolved oxygen and biology. The TMDL addresses the impairments for all four lakes and the impairments for two sections of river.

The draft of the draft TMDL Report can be found on the MPCA website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/water-types-and-programs/minnesotas-impaired-waters-and-tmdls/tmdl-projects/minnesota-river-basin-tmdl/pomme-de-terre-river-watershed.html.

Comments on the draft should be addressed to Scott MacLean of the MPCA and must be received by the MPCA by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Comments can be mailed to Scott MacLean, MPCA, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2165, mankato, MN 56001, or e-mailed to scott.maclean@state.mn.us.

The MPCA will review all comments received, determine possible revision to the draft report and prepare written responses to the comments. The MPCA will then submit the report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The following stream reached in the Pomme de Terre Watershed were listed as impaired for aquatic life and recreation, pursuant to Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, because of excessive levels of bacterial, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and biology, and are included in the report: the Pomme de Terre River (Barrett Lake to north Pomme de Terre lake) and Dry Wood Creek (Dry Wood lake to Pomme de Terre River). North Turtle Lake, Lake Christina, Perkins Lake and Lake Hattie were listed as impaired for aquatic recreation.

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