Rice Lake Water Quality 10 Jan 12

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for Rice Lake in southern Stearns County.

The report focuses on pollution caused by excess nutrients in the lake.

Rice Lake was placed on Minnesota’s list of impaired waters in 2008, because of excess nutrient levels, particularly phosphorus.  The TMDL study assessed nutrient levels and determined that the phosphorus load allocation for Rice Lake is 29,848 pounds per year or less, to meet state water quality standards.  That represents a 50 percent reduction from the current loading to Rice Lake.

The TMDL report is part of a nationwide effort under the federal Clean Water Act to identify and clean up pollution in streams, rivers and lakes.

A public comment period began Monday, January 9th, and continues through February 8th.

For more information, go to the M-P-C-A website at www.pca.state.mn.us.