University of Minnesota Teams Up with Organization to Fight Water Pollution

March 23, 2018 09:56 PM

In the state of 10,000 lakes, it's important to have clean water. Right now the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is partnering with the University of Minnesota to try and figure out where pollutants are coming from now. 

The mission is to protect and improve water quality in the Mississippi River. On Friday, KSTP caught up with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization as they were collecting water samples from different hard surfaces in downtown Minneapolis.


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"We're trying to get an understanding of how much pollution, essentially, is coming off of these different types of surfaces because water in this area all drains down into the storm sewer," Stephanie Johnson, with Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, said.

Once they're done with their project, they'll be able to help manage the water by working with the city to reduce the pollution. Johnson says the biggest challenge this time of year is from all the salt that has been put down for winter weather. Once that salt is in the water, it's hard to get rid of. It can be poisonous to different types of fish and biology in the water. 

This research project with the University of Minnesota is part of a larger effort by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Those efforts are funded by tax dollars.


Lindsey Brown

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