(AP) - The list of polluted waters in Minnesota just keeps getting longer.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is adding 287 lakes and streams to its list of impaired waters, bringing the total to 1,469.
The agency said it has measured pollution levels in only a fraction of the state's waters.
The updated list includes bodies of water contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria and phosphorus, as well as the Minneapolis chain of lakes where industrial chemicals once manufactured by 3M Co. have been found in fish.
The waters on the list are polluted beyond safe levels for public use, and regulators have to come up with ways to restore them.
The agency plans a series of public meetings about the polluted waters starting in two weeks.
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