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Minn. list of impaired waters grows by 500

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has added another 500 lakes and stretches of river to its list of impaired waters, raising the state's total to more than 3,600.

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Impaired waters are defined as having excess nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, bacteria or other pollutants, hurting their ability to support swimming or fishing, or to provide healthy habitats for fish and wildlife.

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