Who’s protecting Rock County’s rural waters?
Environmental report shows local waters are missing most of the legally required grass buffers that filter cropland sediment and pollution; lack of enforcement allows violations
A-GRADE waterway with proper buffer system The wide-strip of vegetation along this stream filters out pollutants and keeps the stream bank from collapsing. Runoff and broken banks are a major source of pollution in southern Minnesota waterways. Compliant waterways are often found next to those lacking buffers.
A majority of streams and waterways in southern Minnesota are missing the legally required “buffer” of natural grassland to protect them from cropland pollution. Among them, Rock … More »
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