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P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
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Fishing and swimming conditions are substandard in parts of Jackson, Nobles and Murray counties, according to a recent report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Local officials say Cottonwood County lakes and streams could very well be in the same boat — there’s just nothing

official yet. The new MPCA report is linked to water bodies

studied in the Minnesota portion of the Missouri River Basin.

“Of the water bodies studied, no lakes and few streams in the Minnesota portion of the Missouri River Basin met state

standards for supporting aquatic life and recreation — fishable and swimmable,” the MPCA reported.

The Missouri River Basin does not include Cottonwood County, which is part of the Des Moines River watershed. Local officials say results of a study for that watershed are due in two years.

Meanwhile, Kay Gross and Dave Bucklin of the Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation District say that the new MPCA report is a concern for the entire region.


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