(Avon MN-) The MPCA says a Stearns County town has a problem with salt in it's water. The agency says Minnesota has a growing salty water problem that threatens its freshwater fish and other aquatic life. Chloride from de-icing salt and water softeners gets into lakes, streams and even groundwater. Once in the water, there is no easy way to remove it.

The city of Avon needs work on chloride levels in its wastewater that discharges to Spunk Creek. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a public meeting on its intent to reissue the city’s wastewater treatment permit with a water quality standard variance, specific to chloride. The meeting will be on Thursday, June 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Avon's City Hall.

For more information about Minnesota’s salty water problem, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website and search for Chloride 101.