As Minnesota communities spend millions of dollars to remove nitrate contamination from their drinking water, state officials say it's time for farmers to do more to prevent the problem.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to use new rules to be more aggressive in getting farmers to limit the amount of fertilizer chemicals leaching into groundwater. Assistant Commissioner Matt Wohlman said the agency could restrict how much nitrogen is applied; restrict the timing, source and placement of applications; or require the use of certain best management practices.
But Kris Sigford, water quality director at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, says the department hasn't moved fast or forcefully enough to reverse rising nitrate levels.
Consumers often pay the cleanup costs through higher water bills.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Your Money Matters
Flights Cut/Airfares Rise Out of Sioux Falls
- 2.Retail & Restaurants
Women's Clothier Torrid Coming To Empire Mall
- 3.Retail & Restaurants
Hy-Vee Announces Updates To Sioux Falls Stores
- 4.Your Money Matters
Low Gas Prices To Fuel Summer Travel
- 5.Your Money Matters
Fewer Flights Lead To Higher Prices
- 6.Retail & Restaurants
Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bagels Opening SF Location
Sioux Falls Ranked As Top City For College Grads
Wednesday Morning Business Brief