Update of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Regional Groundwater Flow Model (Metro Model 2) - Phases 1 & 2
State law charges the Metropolitan Council (Council) with developing and maintaining a base of technical information needed for sound water supply decisions (Minnesota Statutes 473.1565). The Council’s primary tool to provide this information is the Metro Model 2, a regional groundwater model capable of predicting the impacts of planned water demand on aquifers and connected lakes and streams. The Metro Model 2 is a modern and comprehensive groundwater model of the Twin Cities area, but it is currently out-of-date. In order to provide the best available information for the update of the Council’s policy plans and related documents and tools, the model is being updated with new information, adapted to run transient (seasonal) simulations, and expanded to consider impacts of water supply development in adjacent counties.