ST. PAUL — A total of 67 stream segments and 24 lakes in southwest Minnesota failed to meet quality standards for aquatic life and recreation, according to a batch of new state Pollution Control Agency reports. The reports identified unsafe amounts of pollutants such as phosphorus and E. coli bacteria in waters throughout the Des Moines River Basin. Minnesota’s portion of the watershed includes parts of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, and Pipestone counties. In a news release announcing the reports Monday, Dec. 7, the MPCA said rivers and lakes in the basin “generally suffer from too much sediment, bacteria and nutrients that fuel algae growth.”

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