Community meetings to discuss St. Croix preservationby Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of community meetings starting Wednesday to discuss the lower St. Croix River, which has been declared one of the most endangered rivers in America.
The first Lake St. Croix Restoration meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hinckley City Hall, 106 First St. S.E.
Earlier this year, American Rivers, a national waterways organization, released its list of the ten most endangered rivers and said development along the St. Croix is destroying the river.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has also declared the lower St. Croix River impaired by phosphorous from run-off.
The lower St. Croix River, also known as Lake St. Croix, flows from Stillwater, Minn., to Prescott, Wis., where it pours into the Mississippi River.
Poorly planned development is hurting both the river's beauty and its water quality, according to American Rivers.
The entire St. Croix River, more than 150 miles in length, is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Its headwaters are in Solon Springs, in northwestern Wisconsin.
Additional Lake St. Croix Restoration community meetings will be held at:
- 3:30 p.m. June 16 at Forrest Lake City Hall, 220 N. Lake St.;
- 3:30 p.m. June 23 at Frederic High School, 1437 Clam Falls Dr., Frederic, Wis.;
- 4 p.m. June 30 at Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis.
For more information, contact the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-757-2523 or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 715-635-4053.