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Minnesota's TMDL Under Attack

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Organization: Clean Water Action Alliance

Minnesota's TMDL* Program is Under Attack, Again! The Council of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), the Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB), and the League of Minnesota Cities have signed on to a petition requesting hearings (that will delay the TMDL rulemaking again) to weaken the nutrient guidance that the MPCA are proposing.

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Clean Water Action, National Wildlife Federation, MN Conservation Federation, Mississippi River Revival, and others have already criticized the MPCA for this section of the TMDL guidance because it is too weak. The petitioners believe it is too strong. We need strong voices and bodies to show up to these hearings to show the Agency and the Judge that Minnesotans want CLEAN WATER! The MPCA will hold the public hearings as scheduled (see below). We need people to turn out to those hearings and support a strong water quality standards rule for the TMDL program, the proposed amendments to MN Rules Chapter 7050.

You don't need to be an expert, you just have to care about the quality of Minnesota's water. The hearings are scheduled for: -Wednesday, June 12, 2002, 9:30 AM to noon, and resuming at 1:30 PM if necessary. MPCA Board Room, 525 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. -Thursday, June 13, 2002, 7:00 PM. Suite 400, MPCA Office in Duluth, 525 Lake Ave. S., Duluth. -Friday, June 14, 2002, 7:00 PM. Detroit Lakes City Administration Building, 1025 Roosevelt Ave. Detroit Lakes. -Monday, June 17, 2002, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Hughes Room, Mankato Holiday Inn, 101 East Main Street, Mankato. MPCA Contact: Dave Maschwitz, 651-296-7255 *TMDL = Total Maximum Daily Load. A TMDL has three pieces (1) Identify waters that don't meet water quality standards, (2) Prioritize the waters for clean up, and (3) Write a comprehensive plan and clean them up.

Contact me ASAP if you will go to the hearings. Sincerely, Patience Caso Water Program Coordinator Clean Water Action Alliance

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