Watershed Water Budgets for Managing Minnesota's Groundwater

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
U.S. Geological Survey
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2017
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview

Effective groundwater management requires accurate knowledge about the water budget, which is the amount of water stored within the system in aquifers and the amount of water flowing through the overall hydrologic system including water flowing at the surface, water flowing from above ground down into aquifers, and water flowing between aquifers below the surface. While groundwater storage can be generally well understood and there is good knowledge about surface water flow, there is not usually a strong understanding about the water flowing down from the surface to aquifers and below the surface between different aquifers. The United States Geological Survey is using this appropriation to pilot a method intended to better calculate the groundwater flow component of the hydrologic system in order to provide information that will improve knowledge about water sustainability and the interaction between surface and ground water. The method will be piloted in watersheds in St. Louis and Goodhue counties.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 03i
Appropriation Language

$129,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the United States Geological Survey to create a pilot study to calculate complete watershed water budgets for two counties in Minnesota for enhanced groundwater management. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
US Geological Survey
Street Address
2280 Woodale Dr
Mounds View
Zip Code
(763) 783-3136
Administered By
Administered by

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

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