The Community-based Aquifer Management Partnership (CAMP) is a civic engagement effort designed to explore and define a community's unique groundwater story. The DNR is working with communities in southern Minnesota that are interested in knowing more about their aquifers.
Land use decisions are water use decisions and aquifers may have many users. Knowing the full groundwater story can help citizens and communities align future goals to reduce use, risks and costs associated with the entire water system - from groundwater, to supply, to waste and recharge.
Projects start with a conversation with the community. The DNR and community representatives discuss three components of the community's aquifer:
- The aquifer the community uses and who else might be using that aquifer.
- The major water users and water use trends.
- Observation well data and aquifer levels.
Through reviewing aquifer, water use and observation well data, the community and the DNR can identify where there are gaps in information and how to fill those gaps.
Start a CAMP project
The DNR is working with 12 communities in southwest Minnesota. If you're interested in starting a CAMP project, contact Tim Gieseke.
- Tim Gieseke, Groundwater Planner, 507-359-6039