Division of Ecological and Water Resources


State Agency Roles in Groundwater


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The following agencies monitor and manage water in the following areas:

DNR – Availability and Ecological Impacts

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for permitting the sustainable use of Minnesota’s water supplies. DNR continuously monitors the availability of water, and the effects of use on neighboring wells and ecosystems.

MDA - Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Contamination

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) monitors the environmental levels of agricultural pesticides and fertilizers.

MPCA - Industrial Contamination

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors industrial contamination such as chemical releases, industrial pollutants, chemicals from consumer products, and septic systems.

MDH – Water Supply

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) assures compliance of public water supplies with the Safe Drinking Water Act. They are also responsible for assuring proper well construction and sealing of groundwater wells.