Metro Area Groundwater Monitoring

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2010
Activity Type
Assessment/Evaluation
Monitoring
Research
Counties Affected
Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Wright
Sherburne
Legal Citation / Subdivision
N/A
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY19 the DNR proposes to drill two additional wells in the deep aquifers and install five additional data loggers for continuous groundwater level monitoring. The DNR will continue to refine and expand the groundwater animations to visualize the continuously changing groundwater levels providing a better understanding of water use and aquifer responses in the 11-County Metro Area. DNR will continue to review and publish the annual continuous records for the groundwater level monitoring wells in the metro area.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
N/A
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Direct expenses
$246,082
Administration costs
$15,045
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY14 DNR scientists will continue to grow the 11-county monitoring well network by installing 15 monitoring wells 7 of which will be deep wells in bedrock. Additional data analysis will result in better information about aquifer characteristics and trends to be used in groundwater management decisions.

The DNR also proposes to further identify the flow patterns and aquifer characteristics within the 11 County Metro through water chemistry sampling and hydraulic testing a subset of the monitoring wells.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY14 DNR scientists installed 15 aquifer monitoring wells including 10 in deep bedrock aquifers. Through the well installation process scientists were able to gather valuable information about the bedrock geology and aquifers in the Twin Cities Metro Area. DNR scientists also equipped these 15 new wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data. Scientist compiled and completed continuous water level records for 36 wells with continuous data loggers. These wells and data provide information about regionally important aquifers that will improve future management decisions.

In FY 14 scientists completed the migration of groundwater data into a state cooperative water data system. The pilot project to test the collection of real-time automated municipal groundwater data continued adding an additional municipality (water level and pumping data from 21 municipal wells used in the community). The public display of these data is under development. When established this public display of groundwater level information will help state scientists and communities better understand local and regional water use and manage future needs.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
N/A
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Direct expenses
$516,651
Administration costs
$74,970
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.3
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY13 DNR scientists will continue to grow the 11-county monitoring well network by installing 20 monitoring wells 10 of which will be deep wells in bedrock. Additional data analysis will result in better information about aquifer characteristics and trends to be used in groundwater management decisions.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY13 DNR scientists installed 15 aquifer monitoring wells including 4 in deep bedrock aquifers. A change in the field manager for this project resulted in a decrease in well installation from the FY13 target. Through the well installation process scientists were able to gather valuable information about the bedrock geology and aquifers in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Staff also equipped 25 new and existing wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data. These wells and data provide information about regionally important aquifers that will improve future management decisions.

In FY 13 work continued on the migration of groundwater data into a state cooperative water data system. The pilot project to test the collection of real-time automated municipal groundwater data was completed with one municipality (water level and pumping data from 9 municipal wells) and initiated with a second municipality. The public display of these data is under development. When established this public display of groundwater level information will help state scientists and communities better understand local and regional water use and manage future needs.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Chp. 6 Art. 2 Sec. 6(i)
Appropriation Language

$1000000 the first year is for implementation of the metropolitan groundwater monitoring and protection activities under Minnesota Laws 2010 chapter 361 article 2 section 4 subdivision 2.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Direct expenses
$570,997
Administration costs
$142,026
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY12 DNR scientists will continue establishing a network of monitoring wells in the 11-county metropolitan area to provide information about aquifer characteristics and trends. Staff will install 20 new wells and equip 40 new and existing wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data.

DNR will also grow our ability to evaluate changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells by installing deep aquifer monitoring wells in the Mt. Simon Aquifer when opportunities arise. The goal for this work is one well per year.

Another goal for this program is to complete development of and implement a new automated data management system that will provide better data management and integrate groundwater and surface water data.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY12 DNR scientists installed 28 aquifer monitoring wells including 14 in deep aquifers (installed in bedrock). Through the well installation process scientists were able to gather more and better valuable information about bedrock geology in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Staff equipped 146 new and existing wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data. These wells and data loggers provide information about aquifers stressed from pumping providing managers with better information for management decisions.

Work began on the migration of data from observations wells (groundwater data) into the surface water data system in order to integrate these two important data sets. A pilot project is underway to test real time automated data collection storage and public display of groundwater data.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2010 Ch. 361 Art. 2 Sec. 4
Appropriation Language

The $5000000 appropriated in Laws 2009 chapter 172 article 2 section 4 paragraph (m) for activities relating to groundwater protection or prevention of groundwater degradation is canceled and $4000000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2011 to the commissioner of natural resources for the following purposes: (1) establish a groundwater monitoring network in the 11-county metropolitan area that monitors non-stressed systems to provide information on aquifer characteristics and natural water level trends; and (2) develop an automated data system to capture groundwater level and water use data to enhance the evaluation of water resource changes in aquifer systems that are stressed by pumping of existing wells. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until spent. The base funding for this program in fiscal year 2012 is $1000000 and $0 in fiscal year 2013.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Direct expenses
$488,836
Administration costs
$32,400
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY11 DNR scientists will establish a network of monitoring wells in the 11-county metropolitan area to provide information about aquifer characteristics and trends. Staff will equip 70 new and existing wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data.

DNR will also grow our ability to evaluate changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells by installing deep aquifer monitoring wells in the Mt. Simon Aquifer when opportunities arise. The goal for this work is one well per year.

Another goal for this program is setting up a new automated data management system that will provide better data management and integrate groundwater and surface water data.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY11 DNR scientists installed 14 new monitoring wells in the 11-county metropolitan area and equipped 70 new and existing wells with continuous data loggers to collect groundwater level data.

The DNR installed 3 deep aquifer monitoring wells in the Mt. Simon Aquifer.

The DNR began work on moving observation well database to a new data system and acquired a new data system to provide store and process groundwater data for use by state and local agencies. This is a cooperative effort between MPCA and the DNR. Initiated pilot project with the Cities of New Brighton Lakeville and Lakeland to develop a mechanism to collect automated water use and ground water level data to provide better water use and availability information for local communities and state needs.

Project Overview

This project will establish a groundwater monitoring network in the 11 county metropolitan area. The network will provide information about aquifer characteristics and natural water trends by monitoring healthy aquifers (non-stressed systems). The project will also develop an automated system that captures groundwater level and water use data. This system will enhance evaluation of changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells.

About the Issue

Many Twin Cities communities rely heavily on groundwater from aquifers for drinking water supplies and other domestic and industrial uses. Some aquifers are showing signs of stress; water use is exceeding aquifer recharge. Monitoring wells are the only way to get the information needed to understand the effect of pumping and land use changes so that these aquifers can be managed sustainably into the future.

Project Manager
First Name
Greg
Last Name
Kruse
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul, MN
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 539-2108
Email
greg.kruse@state.mn.us