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Public Invited to Poplar River Informational Meeting

May 21, 2007

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Pines
760 Caribou Trail, Lutsen, MN
Contact: Dave Stark, Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District

The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host the first of several proposed public meetings June 7 to discuss the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) study of the Poplar RiverÝs possible pollution sources. The meeting will be held at Cathedral of the Pines, located at 760 Caribou Trail in Lutsen from 7 to 9 p.m. This meeting was originally scheduled for March 1, but was cancelled due to snow.

MPCA water quality monitoring results indicated turbidity levels exceeding state standards. As a result, the Poplar River was added to the Minnesota Pollution Control AgencyÝs (MPCA) list of impaired waters in 2004. Once a water body is added to this list, the MPCA is required to determine its Total Maximum Daily Load. The TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant or pollutants the water body can receive and still meet water quality standards.

The SWCD is serving as the local resource agency for the project and has subcontracted the University of Minnesota DuluthÝs Natural Resources Research Institute for biological sampling and Minnesota Sea Grant for outreach and education. Presentations on how this effort links to other river-related activities such as the ýmegaslumpţ erosion-control project initiated by the Poplar River Management Board will be discussed. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor is working with MPCA and will complete the majority of the studyÝs technical work. The EPA contractor will provide an overview of this work and discuss the TMDL process.

For more information, contact the Cook County Water Plan Coordinator, Dave Stark at 218-428-4413. Information on the project can be found at: www.lakesuperiorstreams.org/northshore/poplar/TMDL/index.html.

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