What additional steps should be taken to keep our lakes and streams clean?

Dirty water

“No lakes and only a few streams in Minnesota’s southwest corner meet the state’s quality standards for fishing and swimming,” MPR News reported earlier this week.

That bleak assessment comes from a recently released Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study that blames high levels of bacteria, nitrates and sediment in the water.

The agency examined lakes and streams across the four watersheds in southwest Minnesota that are part of the Missouri River Basin. It looked at 93 of 181 streams and found only three that fully supported aquatic life and recreation.

Today’s Question: What additional steps should be taken to keep our lakes and streams clean?