News release: Kanabec County partners with DNR to host public Groundwater Atlas workshop

March 2, 2023

The public is invited to join Kanabec County staff for a workshop facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on the Kanabec County Groundwater Atlas.

The workshop will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Kanabec County Jail Training Room, 100 S Vine St., Mora. There will also be an online attendance option. Pre-registration by March 10 is highly recommended. Contact the Kanabec County coordinator’s office at 320-679-6440 or [email protected] to register or to get information to participate online.

Groundwater atlases are used to identify viable sources of drinking water, manage groundwater sustainably, guide decisions for well and septic system construction, inform wellhead protection efforts for public water supply, understand regional recharge and groundwater movement, and assess pollution sensitivity and possible contaminant migration.

The workshop will include:

  • A summary of the geologic atlas by Minnesota Geological Survey.
  • A review of the groundwater atlas findings in the county by the DNR.
  • Participation in real-world exercises to help get oriented to the atlas and how it can be used.

Other topics will include groundwater flow, sensitivity, chemistry, recharge and use. There will also be opportunities to address questions on other groundwater subjects.

Partial funding for the groundwater atlas project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Clean Water Fund.

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