Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.
Clean Water funds are being provided to well owners as a 50% cost-share assistance for sealing unused public water-supply wells.
The Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth proposes to collect lake data in northeastern Minnesota. The sites selected are those the county water planners will not be monitoring. The project goal is to assist the MPCA with meeting the objectives of the SWAG to conduct water chemistry monitoring at three MPCA specified lake sampling locations.
Eight locations will be monitored in support of the Vermilion Community College (VCC) Surface Water Assessment Grant (SWAG). Water samples, field measurements, field images / pictures, and other measurements and observations will be obtained at each location during each sampling event.
Vermilion Community College will assist the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with meeting the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) development objectives of collecting data and completing watershed assessments for the Rainy River Headwaters, Vermilion River, and Little Fork River watersheds. Services will include providing support for field water monitoring, other field sampling and measurements and related field data management, analysis, and assessments in these watersheds.