Blue Earth County Well Sealing

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Blue Earth County
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Project Overview

The goal of this project is to reduce the number of vulnerable unused wells located within sensitive areas and to prevent potential groundwater contamination. Most Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Unused and improperly sealed wells can serve as an open conduit to groundwater aquifers, allowing surface water runoff, contaminated water or improperly disposed waste to reach an uncontaminated aquifer. Properly sealing unused and improperly sealed wells is a preventive practice that protects groundwater aquifers from contamination. This project will expand Blue Earth County's long standing, locally-funded well sealing cost share program and allow for improved targeting efforts.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will protect groundwater by sealing up to 85 unused wells.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Drew Campbell, Will Purvis, Kip Bruender, Mark Piepho, Vance Stuehrenberg

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Blue Earth County
Street Address
410 S. Fifth St.
Zip Code
(507) 304-4381
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767