Thanks to Federal, State and Local government agencies, point source
pollution is becoming less of a threat to our recreational waterways
everyday. Point source pollutants are those that flow directly (usually
out of a pipe or specified trench/ditch) into a surface water source.
Point source pollution in Lake Minnetonka
has become less of a threat than non-point pollution since the closing
of the last wastewater treatment plant that discharged into the lake
in 1986. This is not to say that point source pollution isn't an issue
at all. Most point source pollution in the U.S. occurs in rivers and
oceans. This allows the pollution to flow away from its source giving
the false impression that it is disappearing. As the pollution flows
downstream it accumulates in the food chain and the environment causing
problems for all kinds of organisms including humans.
You can find out more about point source pollution and what is being
done about it by checking out the links below.