Targeted Well Sealing in Rice County

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Rice County Environmental Services
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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. This project will provide cost-share well sealing funds to target sealing of unused wells located in highly vulnerable areas within both the City of Faribault, and the City of Northfield's Drinking Water Supply Management Areas (DWSMA), and other vulnerable areas of Rice County.
Rice County staff will implement a cost-share well sealing program to increase the number of wells sealed within the county. Staff will target unused wells currently deemed highly vulnerable within existing Wellhead Protection Implementation Plans and encourage those property owners to seal unused wells by providing cost-share funding for well sealing. An application screening process will include: wells within DWSMAs, wells in the same aquifer as one or more nearby public water supply wells, large diameter wells and multi-aquifer wells.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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 Disclosed
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 10 wells in Drinking Water Supply Areas.

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
Jake Gillen, Galen Malecha, Dave Miller, Steve Bauer, Jeff Docken
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rice County Environmental Services
Street Address
320 3rd St NW
Zip Code
(507) 333-3871
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767