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Scientists meet to discuss Lake Pepin problems

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are meeting in Mankato this week to discuss the mounting problems in Lake Pepin which can be traced to the Minnesota River.

Norm Senjem is a planner with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency who has for years studied Lake Pepin, which is on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

The lake is fed by the Mississippi River and has two main problems, it’s being filled in with silt and that silt is carrying extra phosphorus that feeds algae.


Together, the pollution problems choke off good aquatic vegetation, darken the water and harm aquatic life.

Studies show most of the pollution is coming from the Minnesota River. The scientists decided to have their meeting in Mankato because it’s close to the problem and the people who will have to be part of the solution.


Information from: The Free Press,

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