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"Studying soil erosion patterns will give Minnesota farmers the knowledge to combat nutrient loss in their soil," Klobuchar said in a statement. The entire Mississippi River basin takes up more than 40 percent of the United States, and is divided into sub-basins for the upper and lower Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Red rivers. Scientists say the upper Mississippi contributes more than its share of the nutrient pollution that creates what they call the "dead zone" - an area where plant and animal life is severely impaired - in the Gulf of Mexico. Klobuchar and Kind's bill makes sense to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials, including Bill Thompson, who manages water quality projects in southeast Minnesota. Thompson says the MPCA works with citizens and academics - including some at Winona State University - to monitor streams, rivers and lakes for pollutants such as coliform bacteria, DDT, mercury. Scientists also monitor turbidity, or the amount of cloudy sediment in a river. In Winona County the agency monitors Mississippi River tributaries including the Whitewater River,
Much of that monitoring already is being done by state and local groups, particularly in Minnesota, where environmental officials say they've tracked water quality far more closely in the past decade
Originally posted by HotSauce
reply to post by Seiko
Sounds like she is just trying to create more government jobs to me. Just what the country needs more wasteful government spending.
Originally posted by CuriousSkeptic
I really like Klobuchar and everything she's trying to do. I think she may a name worth remembering.