North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area

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Reliable water supplies are critical for economic wellbeing and environmental health. As part of a statewide analysis of groundwater resources the DNR identified the north and east Twin Cities metropolitan area as an area of specific concern where groundwater resources are at risk of overuse and degraded quality. Several factors led to this decision, the projected population growth and water use in the area, the presence of surface waters that are sensitive to fluctuations in aquifer levels, and the occurrence of known contamination that limits opportunities to use groundwater. Increasing demands on groundwater resources in the North and East Metro Area require new approaches to groundwater use and management.

By moving ahead with the comprehensive management framework laid out in the management plan, it is possible to plan for change and avoid disruption. The area’s businesses will be able to continue to prosper, communities will be assured of a reliable water supply, and the water features and natural resources that make the area such a good place to live will continue to function and provide their many benefits.

Washington and Ramsey counties, along with portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties have been designated as the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area (GWMA).

This designation allows a more comprehensive and focused approach to ensuring that groundwater supplies remain adequate to meet human needs, while protecting lakes, streams and wetlands.

Upcoming meetings

• 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 27, 2023

White Bear Lake Boatworks Commons Community Room
4495 Lake Avenue South
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Limited parking is available along Lake Ave S; additional parking is available in a public parking ramp at 4455 Lake Ave S, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 next to Acqua Restaurant and Bar.

This meeting is open to the public. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact Dan Miller at 651-259-5731 or [email protected] 

Management plan

North and East Metro GWMA Plan
This plan will guide the DNR's efforts to continue to manage groundwater appropriations sustainably in this area of the state.

Download the plan

Groundwater model

A groundwater model for the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area was developed to help understand how pumping affects aquifers and lake levels within the area. The report is available for review.

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Project manager:
Dan Miller
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