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WCCO Story: Low Income Radon Mitigation Project

The Environmental Health Division's Indoor Air Unit has a project in collaboration with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance. The pilot project arranges radon mitigations for individuals with high radon levels, who don't have the means to mitigate. This MDH regulatory programs is looking beyond regulation to improve public health. Our staff are partnering with other programs and organizations to support new and novel ways to affect public health by bringing industry, cancer control, and MDH together.

This effort involves A Breath of Hope, Midwest Radon Specialists, and MDH. You can find the video in the link below.

MDH Sponsors Water Bar Pop-Up at State Capitol

Water bar with MDH Environmental Health Division staffGovernor Mark Dayton proclaimed May 6-12 as Safe Drinking Water Week in Minnesota. To celebrate, MDH Environmental Health Division and the northeast Minneapolis' Water Bar held a pop-up on the steps of the State Capitol. People were able to taste water from St. James, White Bear Township and St. Paul Regional Water Services.

"Like so much of public health, it's invisible when it works but it's not invincible," said Jan Malcolm, Minnesota health commissioner. Water bar with MDH Environmental Health Division Staff and MDH Commissioner Jan MalcolmMalcolm joined others at the State Capitol Wednesday to celebrate Safe Drinking Water Week.

According to the Public Water Supply Systems 2017 in Review (PDF), more than 99 percent of Minnesotans drinking water from a community system received water that met all federal standards throughout the year in 2017. However, smaller systems faced more challenges. 80 percent of the federal drinking water standards violations were for systems that serve fewer than 3,300 people.

We Are Water MN at the State Capitol

We Are Water MN, a partnership led by the Minnesota Humanities Center and state agency partners, MDH, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Historical Society sponsored the traveling exhibit which was at the State Capitol January 9, 2018 – March 12, 2018. We Are Water MN is an interactive story collecting exhibit that includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in Minnesota, stories from local people. It was an opportunity to explore the connections between humanities and water through this hands-on exhibit and learn the Minnesota water story. For more information, go to the MPCA Feature Story: Water Exhibit at the State Capitol and visit the Minnesota Humanities Center: We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit for more information on future activities.

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Updated Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:52PM