Voyageurs National Park is one of the nation’s few water-based national parks, with more than 84,000 acres of water. Unfortunately, those waters are being negatively affected by human impact stressors, such as wastewater from existing developments throughout the region. This water quality degradation threatens the long-term health of the park’s aquatic ecosystems and water recreation opportunities for park visitors. Under the Voyageurs National Park Clean Water Project the park’s visitor centers will be able to hook up to new sanitary sewage treatment facilities and resorts will be able to utilize these facilities in place of their non-compliant and failing individual sewage treatment systems.
In his 2014 bonding package, Governor Mark Dayton proposed $8.567 million for Koochiching County and the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary Sewer District to construct sanitary sewage treatment facilities for the purpose of cleaning the waters in and around Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness regions.
Contact your Minnesota State Legislature representative and let them know you support funding the Voyageurs National Park Clean Water Project so that Voyageurs can have the clean water one of our state’s most treasured places needs and deserves.