Agriculture pollutes underground drinking water in Minnesota. Well owners pay the price.

Source:, January 17, 2023
By: Madison McVan

The water that pours out of the taps at Jeff Broberg’s house is crystal clear, refreshing and odorless.

But Broberg, 68, doesn’t drink it. The issue is only visible on the molecular scale.

Like Broberg, many rural Minnesotans rely on private wells, which tap into groundwater systems spread underneath rolling crop fields and livestock operations. When nitrates from the agriculture operations seep into the water and make it unsafe to drink, well owners pay the price. Read more.

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