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Apply for a MnTAP intern now for next summer

Businesses struggling to lower their costs reducing waste while improving water and energy efficiency now have the opportunity to partner with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) to sponsor a 2018 college intern. An intern can make suggestions that improve efficiency, save money, reduce waste, or decrease regulatory compliance burden. Instead of hiring new technical […]

Water quality buffer protection of lakes, rivers, streams and ditches

In June of 2015, Governor Dayton signed into law the buffer initiative aimed at enhancing the protection of Minnesota’s waters. The Buffer Law requires that perennial vegetation buffers (16.5 to 50 feet) be maintained along lakes, rivers, streams and ditches to help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment that could pollute water resources. The law provides […]

Drinking water safety of public and private (home wells) supplies

Several articles recently appeared in Twin Cities newspapers, television and websites regarding the safety of drinking water. Reports of waste disposal polluting groundwater and well water has called attention to the safety of drinking water in the metropolitan area (What did 3M know about PFCs, StarTribune, 11/26/2017; 3M Pollution raised cancer rates, Pioneer Press, 11/20/2017; and Drinking […]

Peltier Lake drawdown project to control curlyleaf pondweed

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) is conducting a temporary water level drawdown on Peltier Lake. The drawdown will continue through the winter of 2017/18. Water levels will recede slowly during the drawdown – approximtaly 1 inch per day. At its lowest, water levels will be approximately 3 feet below normal. Water levels will return […]

Business plays an important role in preventing pollution

Since 1985, businesses have participated in the Anoka County Hazardous Waste Management Program that prevents air, soils and water pollution. The Environmental Health Services section holds annual workshops with businesses to learn the challenges they face and answer questions about the Hazardous Waste Management Ordinance. At the November 1, 2017 Large Quantity Generator workshop, participants learned […]

Metro Children’s Water Festival celebrates 20th year

(September 28, 2017) Over 1,400 fourth grade students (including 200 Anoka County students) attended the 20th annual Metro Children’s Water Festival.  The students participated in a number of water presentations learning the most important lesson – water is the reason life exists on earth (water is life). Learning stations at the Festival include: Water: Water is constantly […]

SepticSmart Week – September 18-22, 2017

(UPDATE! Sept. 17, 2017) Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of September 18-22, 2017 as SepticSmart Week in Minnesota to recognize the importance that septic systems play in properly treating wastewater, protecting public health and maintaining clean water for drinking, swimming and fishing. “Proper septic system care and maintenance is vital to protecting public health; preserving […]

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.

September is National Preparedness Month We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number […]

Anoka County community water meeting at Anoka-Ramsey

(UPDATE – AUGUST 30, 2017) Those that couldn’t attend the meeting last night can still participate in the metropolitan regional town hall meetings (indicated below) or submit your ideas at the 25BY25 on-line survey.  An analysis and compilation (by the League of Women Voters – ABC) of community responses is available (click here).   (AUGUST 9, 2017) The League of Women Voters […]

Drinking water protection grants for small public water systems

ANNOUNCEMENT (link). The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announces the availability of funding to support the protection of drinking water at noncommunity transient public water system (PWS) that include water wells that serve a restaurant, hotel or office building. Noncommunity transient systems serve at least 25 people at least 60 days of the year, but do […]

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