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High Arsenic Levels Found in Drinking Water on Ojibwa Road in Brainerd
Several homeowners on Round Lake and North Long Lake in Brainerd have tested their wells recently and found Arsenic levels exceeding the health limit of 10 ppb in their drinking water. This map shows the locations where high arsenic concentrations have been found in orange and red. If you live in this area we strongly recommend testing your well water for arsenic.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in groundwater and can be found just about anywhere in Minnesota. Long term consumption of arsenic in drinking water can cause serious health problems including an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Arsenic has no taste or odor and can vary greatly from one well to the next, so it’s important to have your well tested. The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that around 10% of Minnesota wells contain arsenic concentrations above the health limit of 10 ppb.
We are offering arsenic testing at a discounted rate of $20.00 (regular price is $26.00) for anyone who lives on Round or North Long Lakes. Sampling kits can be picked up at our office, or please call us at 218-829-7974 to have a kit mailed.
Click here for more information about arsenic in drinking water or call our office at 218-829-7974.
Gallaudet University Students Partner with A.W. Research Laboratories for Summer Internship
This past summer, we had the pleasure of working with two biology majors from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. The students, Carolina Kohn and Scott Symes, spent the summer here in Brainerd monitoring water quality in five major lakes. They were joined by Gallaudet chemistry professor Dan Lundberg who resides on Agate Lake.
The main focus of their studies was to understand a variety of lake water quality indicators including clarity, water chemistry, and zooplankton concentrations. The students worked extensively with AWRL’s Trophic Status Index Mapping Overflight data, correlating their field sampling to the aerial images.
We look forward to working with Dr. Lundberg and a new set of students next summer!