Livestock and failing septic systems are two primary sources of concern for E. coli bacteria in the main stem of the Minnesota River, according to a report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The agency recommends a number of best practices to improve manure management, and encourages regular septic system maintenance to reduce public health risks.
Officials say the level of water quality impairment is low to moderate, but E. coli reductions are needed in order for the river to meet standards for aquatic recreation.
The report is open for public comment until four-thirty p.m. on March 6.
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