County Geologic Atlases (Part B - Groundwater)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Assessment/Evaluation
Digitization/Online Information Access
Inventory
Mapping
Research
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Regular Session, Ch. 91, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language

$125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year are for developing county geologic atlases.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY18, the DNR will publish atlases for Houston, Meeker, Morrison, Sherburne, and Wright counties and complete data analysis and draft text and figures for six others: Brown, Kanabec, Redwood, Wadena, Washington, and Winona. We will support completion of special high-quality drilling and coring by the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) in Kandiyohi, Rock, and Nobles counties to obtain detailed geologic mapping data for Part A of new atlases.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language

(h) $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for developing county geologic atlases.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Direct expenses
$426,559
Administration costs
$33,338
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.3
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17, the DNR will publish atlases for Anoka, Nicollet, Sibley, Renville and Clay counties and complete data analysis and draft text and figures for six others: Houston, Meeker, Morrison, Sherburne, Winona, and Wright. We will continue building on Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) work in Part A of each atlas by acquiring detailed subsurface geologic data to better interpret existing well logs. We will also continue supporting MGS efforts to provide access to legacy atlas data and related MGS databases, which helps us develop Part B of each atlas.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17, DNR published Part B atlases for Anoka, Nicollet, Sibley, and Renville counties and completed data analysis and draft text and figures for six others: Clay, Houston, Meeker, Morrison, Sherburne and Wright. We supported the completion of special high-quality drilling and coring by the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) in Cass, Hubbard, and Isanti counties to obtain detailed geologic mapping data for Part A of new atlases. We also continued to support the acquisition of legacy atlas data and related MGS databases.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language

(h) $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for developing county geologic atlases.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Direct expenses
$515,953
Administration costs
$26,915
Number of full time equivalents funded
4.1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The DNR will complete atlases for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties. Here is a summary of our goals for each county active in the atlas program in FY2016:Clay: finish collecting expanded samples.Renville: finish collecting expanded samples and continue analyzing data and writing the report.Houston: finish collecting expanded field data; start analyzing data. Winona and Morrison: start collecting expanded field data; start analyzing data.Anoka, Sherburne, and Wright: continue analyzing data and writing reports.We will continue to use Clean Water Funds to build on the work by MGS in Part A of each atlas with scientific boreholes as described in the FY15 outcomes. We will also use Clean Water Funds to support MGS’s work to provide access to legacy atlas data and related MGS databases which help us develop Part B of each atlas.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16, the DNR completed the Blue Earth County atlas, began the final internal and external review of the Nicollet and Sibley County atlases, and made substantial progress on atlases for eight other counties. Specifically, we completed data collection and continued analyzing data and writing reports for Anoka, Sherburne, Renville, and Wright; we finished collecting expanded samples for Clay and Houston and started analyzing data for the latter; and we started collecting and analyzing expanded field data for Winona and Morrison. Also in FY16, we continued building on Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) work in Part A of each atlas and supported MGS efforts to provide access to legacy atlas data and related MGS databases. This helps us develop Part B of each atlas.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language

$615,000 the first year and $615,000
the second year are for developing county
geologic atlases.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
Direct expenses
$602,706
Administration costs
$73,033
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.4
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY15, the DNR will complete atlases for Chisago, Blue Earth, and Anoka counties. We will also finish expanded field data collection for Sherburne, Wright, and Renville counties. Data analysis and report preparation will continue for Nicollet and Sibley counties. Data analysis will be initiated for Sherburne, Wright, and Renville counties. We may start data collection in Clay county. Funds will also be used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases. Funds will be used to complete data acquisition at the research borehole installed at Afton State Park and properly seal the borehole.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY15, DNR County Geologic Atlas staff completed the Chisago County Geologic Atlas, Part B. We continued to work on the atlases Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley, Renville, Clay, Anoka, Wright, and Sherburne counties. The following is a status report for FY2015 for each active county atlas:Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley, Anoka: in data analysis and report preparation stage.Renville: collecting and analyzing data.Clay: started collecting data.Wright: data collection complete; in data analysis and report preparation stage.Sherburne: entered data analysis stageWe used Clean Water Funds to expand the number of groundwater samples collected for each atlas project. We expanded work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes which allowed us to get detailed subsurface geologic data. This data helps us better interpret existing well logs from Part A atlases. We also used funds to finish collecting data at the research borehole installed at Afton State Park, and then to properly seal the borehole.Compared to planned outcomes for FY15, we finished most of the work we planned to do except the completion of atlases for Blue Earth and Anoka counties. The Blue Earth atlas, Part B is in final draft; we continue to work on the Anoka report. We also made significant progress on the Nicollet and Sibley atlases. We did not finish collecting data for Renville County because of the laboratory data was not delivered on time, but it is scheduled for the first quarter of FY16.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language

$615,000 the first year and $615,000
the second year are for developing county
geologic atlases.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
Direct expenses
$404,825
Administration costs
$50,987
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.9
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY14, DNR will complete atlases for Carver and Chisago counties. DNR will also finish expanded field data collection for Anoka County. Data analysis and report preparation will continue for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties and continue or initiate data analysis for the Anoka County atlas. DNR will start data collection in Renville, Wright, and Sherburne counties. Vacancies will be filled and progress made on the hiring of positions for the expanded staffing level. Funds will also be used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY14, DNR completed the County Geologic Atlas (Part B) for Carver County, with the Chisago County Geologic Atlas (Part B) in final editing (publication expected September). Report preparation is underway for the Anoka County Geologic Atlas (Part B) with a draft completed. A Science Report Lead and an Editor were hired in the second half of FY14. The editor position had been vacant for about a year, which delayed report preparation. The science report lead is a new position as team lead for the geographic information system (GIS)/cartography-maps/editing staff working together on atlas reports. Data analysis continued for Nicollet and Sibley counties but at a low level due to a staff vacancy. Final report preparation continued for the Blue Earth atlas. Field data collection was completed and data analysis started for Anoka county. New field data collection was initiated for Sherburne and Wright counties. Funds were used to expand the number of groundwater samples collected for each atlas project. Funds were used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases. Funds were also used to conduct scientific data acquisition at a research borehole installed at Afton State Park.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Direct expenses
$106,184
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY13, DNR will complete atlases for Carver, McLeod, and Chisago counties. DNR will also finish expanded field data collection for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties and continue or initiate data analysis for those three atlases. Funds will also be used to expand work by the MGS to drill scientific boreholes to acquire detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY13, DNR completed County Geologic Atlases (Part B) for McLeod county. Data analysis and report preparation was initiated or continued for Carver, Chisago, Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley counties. Field data collection was completed for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley. No new field data collection was initiated for additional counties. Work was delayed because of understaffing due to vacancies; three atlas staff took promotions to other units or agencies. The MGS drilled several scientific boreholes for detailed subsurface geologic data to improve interpretation of existing well logs for Part A atlases.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Direct expenses
$23,350
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 12, DNR will complete four atlases (Benton, Carver, McLeod, Chisago) and begin data collection and analysis on three additional counties (Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley).

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY12 DNR completed the Benton County Geologic Atlas (Part B); data analysis and report preparation continued for Carver, McLeod, and Chisago Counties. Field data collection was initiated for Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Sibley Counties.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Direct expenses
$243,388
Administration costs
$32,400
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY10 and 11, DNR will complete two atlases for each fiscal year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY11, DNR completed the Carlton County Geologic Atlas (Part B). DNR also collected field data for Atlases in Benton, Carver, McLeod, and Chisago Counties and continued data analysis and began report production for the Atlases in Benton and Chisago Counties.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(f)
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are to investigate physical and recharge characteristics as part of the collection and interpretation of subsurface geological information and acceleration of the county geologic atlas program. This appropriation represents a continuing effort to complete the county geologic atlases throughout the state in order to provide information and assist in planning for the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water that does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2014.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Direct expenses
$26,705
Administration costs
$30,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

DNR will complete two atlases for each fiscal year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 10, DNR completed the Todd County Geologic Atlas Part B. Clean Water funding is used to improve the quality of County Geologic Atlases by collecting additional subsurface geologic samples, expanding the number of sites sampled for water chemistry, starting the process of installing a research well to collect stratified groundwater data from multiple aquifers, and purchasing and repairing equipment.

Project Overview

The DNR works with the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) to develop County Geologic Atlases to convey geologic and hydrogeologic (groundwater) information and interpretations to government units at all levels, but particularly to local governments, as well as private organizations and citizens. The MGS focuses on geology (Part A reports) and DNR focuses on groundwater (Part B reports).These studies provide information about the region’s geology and groundwater’s presence, direction of flow, natural quality, age, and pollution sensitivity. This information is used in planning and environmental protection efforts. Source water protection and well sealing programs are examples of local programs that need geologic and groundwater information. Other typical uses include providing information for permit applications, resource management, monitoring needs, and emergency response to contaminant releases.

About the Issue

Hydrogeology is the study of the distribution and movement of water in the ground (groundwater). Approximately 75% of Minnesotans get their drinking water and water for other needs from groundwater. Hydrogeologic information helps communities find reliable sources of water and manage water and land in a way that sustains high-quality water resources.Without informed water supply planning, public water shortages may occur and surface waters (wetlands, lakes, rivers, and unique resources such as trout streams and fens) may be degraded from groundwater pumping or land-use changes.

Project Manager
First Name
Paul
Last Name
Putzier
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Phone
651-259-5692
Email
paul.putzier@state.mn.us