The goal of this project is to use the We Are Water MN exhibit and their technical knowledge in relationship-building and storytelling to increase community capacity for sustainable watershed management in the Cannon River, Cedar River, Mississippi-Headwaters, Mississippi-Grand Rapids, Mississippi-Twin Cities, Red Lake River, Rum River and St. Louis River watersheds.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is currently working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and private consultants as part of the Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) program to identify and remediate bed sediments contaminated with polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans (dioxins) in reservoirs in the St. Louis River watershed of the Lake Superior Basin. Two reservoirs in the St. Louis River watershed where dioxins in bed sediments are a concern are Thomson and Scanlon Reservoirs near Cloquet, Minnesota.
Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.
Clean Water funds are being provided to well owners as a 50% cost-share assistance for sealing unused public water-supply wells.