Clean, safe water is
essential to a healthy life.
Nitrogen contamination in the southern half of Minnesota is so severe that 27 percent of the state’s lakes and rivers could not be used as drinking water.
41 percent of Minnesota’s streams and lakes have excessive nitrogen, all of them in the state’s southern and central regions.
The nutrient, which is used as fertilizer in agriculture and comes from wastewater treatment plants, can be toxic to fish and other forms of aquatic life. It is a primary cause of the vast oxygen-depleted area in the Gulf of Mexico known as the dead zone.
Read about the water problems in Southern Minnesota here. If it is slow to load then go to StarTribune.com and search for Nitrogen pollution widespread in southern Minnesota waters, report finds
Healthy Soil Clean and Capture Water
Soil plays an important role in capturing and cleaning water. Soil texture, structure, and land coverings all have roles in determining how easily water will move through the soil to alter, store, and distribute water to reduce runoff and flooding. The work of cleaning water is done by physical, chemical, and biological processes. Healthy soils are critical to ensure clean water for recreation, consumption, crop production, and more.
Forests play a key role in the protection of the world's water resources and in the global water cycle.
In maintaining high water quality, forests make their most significant contribution to the supply of water.
Through stabilisation of soil, forests minimise erosion and hence reduce the impairment of water quality due to sedimentation. Forest and forest plant roots prevent run-off from heavy rains and with it soil erosion. Woodlands protect water bodies and watercourses by trapping sediments and pollutants from other up-slope land use and activities
Our Water Should be Safe and Clean—It Isn’t