Seminary Fen Protection
The Metropolitan Council is working with local partners to evaluate and address 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. Work includes monitoring and assessment to evaluate the potential effects of current and projected groundwater withdrawals, surface water management, and land-use activities on the Seminary Fen. This effort supports the development and implementation of local plans to guide management activities addressing pressures that affect the health of the fen, including groundwater withdrawals, stormwater runoff, water quality and invasive species.