Seminary Fen Protection

Project Overview

The Metropolitan Council is conducting technical analyses and leading a stakeholder process to evaluate potential threats to the Seminary Fen, a calcareous wetland in southeastern Carver County. This rare and sensitive water feature, protected by Minnesota Statutes 103G.223, relies on the discharge of groundwater to sustain a unique and protected plant community. Growing communities near the fen also rely on groundwater for their water supply. The technical analysis will evaluate the potential effects of current and projected groundwater withdrawals, surface water management and land-use activities on the Seminary Fen. This effort will result in the development and implementation of a resource stewardship plan to guide management activities addressing pressures that affect the health of the fen, including groundwater withdrawals, stormwater runoff, water quality and invasive species.