Continuing Planning Process: State of Minnesota's Water Quality Management Program

The state of Minnesota has abundant water resources – more than 12,200 lakes and 105,000 miles of rivers and streams. There are eight major basins and 81 major watersheds. Minnesota is home to Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area and Voyageurs National Park, the largest water-based park in the National Park System. Minnesota's waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Water recreation makes up a large part of the state's tourism revenue, with many opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and visiting numerous federal and state parks. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the State's environmental regulatory agency, is charged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to operate the State's water program and carry out the requirements of the Clean Water Act. Following a statewide water management process, the MPCA executes this charge by setting standards, monitoring water quality, developing restoration and protection strategies, and finally, permitting implementation activities and carrying out prevention and assistance activities.
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