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1/13/2013 1:39:00 PM
Lake Byllesby threatened

To the editor:

It has come to our attention that the City of Northfield is negotiating with RTS (Resource Technology Solutions) to trade (sell) Phosphorus Credits, allowing this proposed shingle reprocessing facility to be located in the Great Northern Industrial Park (Randolph) to discharge wastewater and over .55 lbs. of phosphorus daily into Chub Creek/Lake Byllesby. The City of Northfield will realize a payment of $5,280 per year for their unused "credits."

Increasing the daily load of phosphorus into Chub Creek/Lake Byllesby via this new proposed plant wastewater pipeline will most certainly affect algae growth in the reservoir. Thousands of Minnesotans utilize the regional parks on the lake, as well as over 28,000 visitors annually to the Camp Phillippo Scout Reservation located on the lake. Lake Byllesby is one of the favorite migratory nesting areas in the region, according to Audubon Society members.

The Lake Byllesby Improvement Association, along with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and numerous civic, agricultural, and personal property owners and visitors to Lake Byllesby, have spent years trying to improve the water quality of the lake. Dakota and Goodhue Counties have invested heavily in regional parks for the enjoyment of the lake and its many recreational opportunities.

For our neighboring city to literally receive money to "increase the pollution" into Lake Byllesby, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Lake City and Lake Pepin is unconscionable and should be disallowed. We're not certain the citizens of Northfield are aware of this travesty.

Lake Byllesby Improvement Association

Dr. Earl C. Benson, president

and members of the board

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