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As part of the series “Polluted Waters - Costly Cleanup,” MPR’s Dan Olson reports on the Whitewater River and concerns of pollution contamination, resulting in damage to its ecosystem.

One of Minnesota's most scenic and best loved rivers, the Whitewater in southeastern Minnesota, is sick and growing sicker. The state has already declared portions of the river's three branches impaired or polluted because of high fecal coliform levels.

The Whitewater River faces another threat -- it's contaminated with a host of farm chemicals, including the weed killer atrazine. Environmentalists want atrazine officially listed as another pollutant.

This is part five of a five-part series on impaired Minnesota waters.

Click links below for other parts of series:

part 1: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/2005/10/10/polluted-waters-costly-cleanup-minnesotas-waters-becoming-more-polluted

part 2: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/2005/10/11/polluted-waters-costly-cleanup-pollution-cleanup-cost-is-hard-to-comprehend

part 3: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/2005/10/12/polluted-waters-costly-cleanup-drainage-ditches-cause-pollution-oversight-is-spotty

part 4: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/2005/10/13/polluted-waters-costly-cleanup-urban-runoff-a-toxic-brew

Awarded:

2005 NBNA Eric Sevareid Award, Series - Large Market Radio category

2006 MNSPJ Page One Award, third place in Radio – In Depth – Over 50,000 category

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