Saturday, February 22, 2020


On Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released updated information regarding the reported sewage spill in Beaver Lake by Ellendale over the weekend.

The MPCA says a sewer spill was not involved as previously believed in the condition of Beaver Lake, but rather a severe algal bloom. MPCA contractors and staff observed no toilet paper or other telltale signs of human sewage in the sludge on the north side of the lake. In addition, examinations of the sludge were consistent with algae and not human sewage, the MPCA reported.

MPCA officials said it’s common to mistake severe algal blooms for sewer or manure spills because they can be similar in odor, but other conditions point to an algal bloom in Beaver Lake.

Results of the water sampling are expected to come back later this week. The MPCA says the results will likely confirm this was a severe algal bloom.

Beaver Lake remains closed at this time.

More details will be released once the lab results come back.

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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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Kasson, MN 55944

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