Local Implementation of Groundwater Strategies

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Ongoing
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Grants/Contracts
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, Chp. 2, Art. 2, Sec. 8 (d)
Appropriation Language

$125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year are to develop and deliver groundwater restoration and protection strategies for use on a watershed scale for use in local water planning efforts and to provide resources to local governments for drinking water source protection activities.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
Direct expenses
$106,725
Administration costs
$18,275
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The proposed outcomes of 2015 efforts is to complete two GRAPS pilot projects. The pilot projects will a) engage local governments and other stakeholders to gather input on how GRAPS can most effectively support local implementation of activities that protect and improve groundwater and drinking water (including the type, format, and delivery of information), b) determine resources and time needed to complete a GRAPS process in a watershed, and c) evaluate the effectiveness of GRAPS as a local groundwater and drinking water planning tool on a watershed scale.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 312, Art. 14, Sec. 6
Appropriation Language

$300,000 in 2015 from the Clean Water Fund is to collaborate with the Board of Water and Soil Resources and local units of government in the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area, Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area, and Straight River Groundwater Management Area and to update wellhead protection areas within groundwater management areas, in cooperation with the Board of Water and Soil Resources, to meet the sustainability standards of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103G, including Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.287, subdivision 5, and to be available for the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103H. The update should identify the most critical areas that need protecting.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Direct expenses
$256,920
Administration costs
$43,080
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Proposed outcomes are updated wellhead protection planning in pilot Groundwater Management Areas, and increased colloboration on groundwater and drinking water protection activities with DNR and BWSR staff and associated programs.

Project Overview

Appropriations from the Clean Water Fund allow the Minnesota Department of Health to expand and improve the way groundwater and drinking water protection is implemented at the local level. In 2015, $300,000 was allocated to update wellhead protection areas within groundwater management areas. From 2016 onward, funding will be dedicated to the Groundwater Restoration and Protection Strategies (GRAPS) initiative which will provide groundwater and drinking water information and management strategies on a HUC 8 watershed scale.

The result of GRAPS will be one coordinated interagency document based on existing state information that can be incorporated into local water management plans. GRAPS will include information to support more effective management of groundwater and drinking water resources in the watershed, including a) an inventory of contaminants and land uses that threaten water resources, b) activities or practices that can be implemented by local resource staff and citizens to protect the quality and quantity of water, c) how to implement strategies in accordance with the “prioritize, target, and measure” framework, and d) how strategies can be implemented to achieve multiple benefits (i.e., also address other resource concerns such as ecological resources, habitat protection, etc.).

About the Issue

Minnesota has adopted a Watershed Approach to assess and manage water resources in the state. Managing ground and surface water together at the watershed level will maximize resources, improve efficiency, and increase collaboration. During a 10-year cycle, state agencies will work in the 81 major watersheds to evaluate water conditions, establish priorities and goals for improvement, and take actions designed to restore or protect water. GRAPS fits into the Watershed Approach for resource planning in Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Steve
Last Name
Robertson
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Health
Street Address
P.O. Box 64975
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55164
Phone
(651)201-4648
Email
Steve.Robertson@state.mn.us