Straight River Groundwater Management Area (GWMA)

Minnesotans value water. They recognize water is essential to our quality of life.

The Minnesota DNR is responsible for ensuring that groundwater use remains sustainable.

The DNR has established the Straight River Groundwater Management Area (GWMA). The Straight River GWMA includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford.

The DNR has developed a management plan for the GWMA. The management plan lays out five objectives with specific actions the DNR will take to ensure that use of groundwater remains sustainable within the area.

The plan was developed over several years with the help of an internal DNR project team, an advisory team of external stakeholders, and additional public review and discussion.


Straight River GWMA Plan

The approved plan will guide the DNR's efforts to manage groundwater appropriations sustainability in this area over the next five years. 

Download the plan 



Project Manager: 
Darrin Hoverson
104 Park Ave N, Suite 203
Park Rapids, MN 56470
[email protected]


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