Herbicide applicators have a free pass to damage the waters of this state. When spraying they never turn off the spray when going over grass strips. Most if not all grass strips in this state are destroyed by senseless carelessness. There should be a $10,000 fine to any applicator destroying waterway grass strips.
Every county should have a biodigester that takes Septic Pumper fluids and yard waste to form methane for electric generation. The biogenerator waste can go 2 directions. The first is solids going to fields as fertilizers and can even be bagged and sold. The liquids can be refined and reused or can be sent into the add on Algae Farm to feed algae to create bio-diesel. The science works and works well but the initial ...more »
Here is the facts from a Hydrologist. When land is developed from pristine to industrial, the runoff increases by a factor of 4 according to the SCS method, Now, take land that is riddled with igneous or metamorphic outcrops and the "good" land is developed it is possible for a watershed in Duluth to hit near 98% of all precipitation to be runoff. Therefore, the trick is to capture the water and keep it where it fell ...more »
The MPCA reports that there are nearly 18,000 registered feedlots in the State of Minnesota. The MPCA estimates that the amount of manure that is generated by livestock in Minnesota is equivalent to a human population of 50 million people. Most feedlots in Minnesota are operated under the Delegated County Program. This program handles permitting, approval and regulation of feedlots at the local level. This program ...more »
We have very little idea whether water quality is changing in most watersheds, and even less knowledge about what causes these changes (deliberate management of water quality vs. economics, etc.). We are spending a lot of money on urban stormwater especially, and much of the data needed to evaluate the impacts of stormwater BMPs has been collected - but never put togehter and analyzed. Doing this could provide valuable ...more »
Encourage homes and businesses to utilize large scale Rainwater harvesting for toilets, laundry etc.. Rainwater treated using filters and Ultraviolet purification is suitable for drinking, and bathing. A sustainable, economically feasible method which reduces nonpoint source pollution and the demand on city water supply. This is a opportunity to reinvent the water grid to meet tomorrow's challenges.