Test results are showing some high metal counts in a couple private wells in Stearns County's Lynden Township. Lynden Township is just to the southeast of St. Cloud. Steve Mikkelson is an Information Officer for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
State pollution officials have begun monitoring the Upper Mississippi River to study its health in terms of aquatic life, recreation and fish consumption. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will take water chemistry samples over two years and analyze them by late 2015.
Smoke from Canadian wildfires is affecting air quality across Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says monitors across the state are measuring elevated levels of fine particle pollution. Satellite imagery indicates the Canadian smoke is blanketing much of Minnesota.