Metro Area Groundwater Monitoring
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,000,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$4,000,000
Source:Clean Water Fund
Start Date:July 2010
Activity Type:Monitoring, Research, Assessment/Evaluation
Counties Affected:Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright
Project OverviewThis project will establish a groundwater monitoring network in the 11 county metropolitan area. The network will provide information about aquifer characteristics and natural water trends by monitoring healthy aquifers (non-stressed systems). The project will also develop an automated system that captures groundwater level and water use data. This system will enhance evaluation of changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells.
About the Issue
Many Twin Cities communities rely heavily on groundwater from aquifers for drinking water supplies and other domestic and industrial uses. Some aquifers are showing signs of stress; water use is exceeding aquifer recharge. Monitoring wells are the only way to get the information needed to understand the effect of pumping and land use changes so that these aquifers can be managed sustainably into the future.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN