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Jill Boogren
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"We just want to be able to catch some fish and eat it, without having to worry about harmful effects."

Jill Boogren is a mother of two kids, ages 9 and 7. As a family, they love camping in Minnesota's state parks and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Fishing is always a big part of the trip, the much coveted fresh-caught walleye in the skillet being the prize.

Jill worries about her children's health because of the high mercury levels in the state’s waterways: There are restrictions for the number of fish they can eat. In Minnesota, for kids 15 and under and women who are or may become pregnant, residents are advised to eat no more than one meal of walleye, northern pike or bass per month. There are even some lakes where it says don't eat certain fish at all.

This saddens Jill because of the health threats and the world her children are growing up in when the state known for its 10,000 lakes has such serious water quality issues.


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