Is Your Minnesota Lake Safe?



This summer, Minnesota families who want to know if their favorite Minnesota lake is clean enough for swimming and eating fish caught in the lake have an easy way to find out.  Go to: 

Powered by Conservation Minnesota, the new website is a user-friendly way that Minnesotans can find out whether their favorite lakes are clean or polluted – or haven’t been tested yet. The site relies on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)’s database but makes the information easy to access and comprehend.  By going to the website users can either type in the name of a favorite lake or type in a county name and choose from among a list to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show.  “Our 10,000 lakes help define Minnesota for all of us who live here and fishing and swimming in them are part of our way of life,” said Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota’s executive director. “Information on the health and safety of our lakes empowers all of us. We want Minnesotans to enjoy these summertime sports based on the best data and advice.” Many of the impaired lakes are polluted with excess mercury. Check My Lake refers users to the Minnesota Department of Health’s fish eating guidelines for these lakes, which advise limited consumption of fish from many Minnesota lakes, especially for children and women of child-bearing age.Contacts:  Paul Austin, Marty Broan (612.767.2444)