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Published January 27, 2011, 11:40 AM

Pesticides being monitored in Red River

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota officials plan to continue monitoring three pesticides found last year in the Red River.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota officials plan to continue monitoring three pesticides found last year in the Red River.

The state Agriculture Department says the concentration of the pesticides is approaching the “at-risk” level for fish and other aquatic life.

State Pesticide, Feed and Fertilizer Director Jim Gray tells The Forum newspaper that people shouldn’t be overly concerned. He says if the pesticide levels persist, the department will consider measures to lower the risk, such as educating people who use the products.

Overall, a statewide study found only minimal amounts of pesticides in North Dakota’s rivers and streams.

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