County Geologic Atlases (Part B - Groundwater)

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$615,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,000,000
Source: 
Clean Water Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
Activity Type: 
Digitization/Online Information Access, Inventory, Assessment/Evaluation, Research, Mapping, Analysis/Interpretation
Counties Affected: 
Benton, Blue Earth, Carlton, Carver, Chisago, McLeod, Nicollet, Sibley
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language 
$615,000 the first year and $615,000 the second year are for developing county geologic atlases.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$615,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY14, DNR will complete atlases for Carver and Chisago counties. DNR will also finish expanded field data collection for Anoka County. Data analysis and report preparation will continued for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties and continue or initiate data analysis for the Anoka County atlas. DNR will start data collection in Renville, Wright, and Sherburne counties. The vacancies will be filled and progress made on the position hiring for the expanded staffing level. Funds will also be used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language 
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$0
Direct expenses: 
$106,184
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY13, DNR will complete atlases for Carver, McLeod, and Chisago counties. DNR will also finish expanded field data collection for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties and continue or initiate data analysis for those three atlases. Funds will also be used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY13, DNR completed County Geologic Atlases (Part B) for McLeod county. Data analysis and report preparation was initiated or continued for Carver, Chisago, Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties. Field data collection was completed for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley. No new field data collection was initiated for additional counties. Work was delayed because of understaffing due to vacancies; three atlas staff took promotions to other units or agencies. The MGS drilled several scientific boreholes for detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language 
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$0
Direct expenses: 
$23,350
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY 12, DNR will complete complete four atlases (Benton, Carver, McLeod, Chisago) and begin data collection and analysis on three additional counties (Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley).
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY12 DNR completed the Benton County Geologic Atlas (Part B); data analysis and report preparation continued for Carver, McLeod, and Chisago Counties. Field data collection was initiated for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley Counties.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language 
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$0
Direct expenses: 
$243,388
Administration costs: 
$32,400
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY10 and 11, DNR will complete two atlases for each fiscal year.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY11, DNR completed the Carlton County Geologic Atlas (Part B). DNR also collected field data for Atlases in Benton, Carver, McLeod, and Chisago Counties and continued data analysis and began report production for the Atlases in Benton and Chisago Counties.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language 
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,000,000
Direct expenses: 
$26,705
Administration costs: 
$30,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
DNR will complete two atlases for each fiscal year.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY 10, DNR completed the Todd County Geologic Atlas Part B. Clean Water funding is used to improve the quality of County Geologic Atlases by collecting additional subsurface geologic samples, expanding the number of sites sampled for water chemistry, starting the process of installing a research well to collect stratified groundwater data from multiple aquifers, and purchasing and repairing equipment.

Project Overview

DNR works with the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) to develop County Geologic Atlases to convey geologic and hydrogeologic information and interpretations to government units at all levels, but particularly to local governments. The MGS focuses on geology (Part A reports) and DNR focuses on groundwater (Part B reports).

These studies provide information about the region’s geology and groundwater’s presence, direction of flow, natural quality, age, and pollution sensitivity. This information is used in planning and environmental protection efforts. Source water protection and well sealing programs are examples of local programs that need geologic and groundwater information. Other typical uses include providing information for permit applications, resource management, monitoring needs, and emergency response to contaminant releases.

Clean Water funding is used to improve the quality of County Geologic Atlases by collecting additional subsurface geologic samples, expanding the number of sites sampled for water chemistry, starting the process of installing a research well to collect stratified groundwater data from multiple aquifers, and purchasing and repairing equipment.

About the Issue

Hydrogeology is the study of the distribution and movement of water in the ground. Hydrogeologic information helps communities find reliable sources of water and manage water and land in a way that sustains high-quality water resources.

Without informed water supply planning, public water shortages may occur and surface waters (wetlands, lakes, rivers, and unique resources such as trout streams and fens) may be degraded from groundwater pumping or land-use changes.

Project Manager

Jan
Falteisek
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5665