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Pepin, Liangzi are Sister Lakes

Graphic courtesy Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A Sister Lakes Partnership between Lake Pepin and Liangzi Lake in Hubei Province, the first of its kind between the U.S. and China, was recently formalized.

The partnership's aim is to share information and ideas about issues such as pollution.

"We're excited about this partnership because of what it could mean scientifically and economically," said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine. "On the science side, we'll be able to see if our best management practices can work in other places. ... Economically, it may open the door for Minnesota and other U.S. companies to market their technology for water quality monitoring and improvement to China."

Chinese and local officials discussed the potential partnership when a delegation visited Red Wing in January.

The lakes, while they have their differences and are about 7,000 miles apart, face similar challenges such as sediment issues and agricultural and urban runoff, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said.