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City contributes funds to fight phosphorus limits

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Bemidji is already meeting a new requirement for phosphorus discharge, yet the City Council on Monday decided to contribute $1,000 to a fight against the new level restriction.

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota, to which Bemidji belongs, is threatening a lawsuit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over its new requirement for all new or expanding wastewater treatment facilities to meet a 1 milligram per liter phosphorus limit. Phosphorus causes algae blooms in lakes.

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