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Dead fish wash up on an algal bloom in Lake Pepin during the late 1980s. Excess nutrients such as phosphorous promote the growth of algae in water, which brings down oxygen levels and can cause fish kills. (Photo by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

MPCA seeks feedback on water pollution plan

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Minnesota lakes and rivers have a nutrient pollution problem, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is putting together a plan to help clean them up.

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The biggest culprits are nitrogen and phosphorous, which not only harm lakes, rivers and groundwater in Minnesota, but also wash downstream via the Mississippi River and add to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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