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Governor Dayton Addresses Water Quality in Rochester

July 31, 2017 11:29 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Governor Mark Dayton was in Rochester Monday and spoke to nearly 300 people about one of the hallmarks of his last term: water quality.

Dayton's 10 town hall visits are part of his "25 by 25" water quality proposal from earlier this year

Dayton said 97 ponds, streams and rivers were surveyed in southwestern Minnesota and 93 of those were found unfit for wildlife, drinking, or recreation.

Dayton also said some cases of well water testing in southeastern Minnesota showed unsafe levels of nitrate for drinking water, which was a big concern people came to the meeting with Monday.

"With fertilizers, I think we're getting more and more nitrates, which can cause cancer, so I'm very concerned about that," Cecilia Dingledy said.

The governor said Minnesota's water is everyone's water, which makes it everyone's responsibility.

"Agriculture gets a lot of attention and that's part of it, but golf courses and plowing the city streets and MN DOT plowing the city highways, all of that contributes to contamination and so we all have a place in the solution," Dayton said.  

Dayton's end goal is to improve Minnesota's water quality by 25% by the year 2025.

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