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This irrigation system near Brooten is one of many in the Bonanza Valley area, which is part of a pilot project of the Department of Natural Resources to study sustainable use of groundwater. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Sustaining groundwater: DNR project studying Bonanza Valley water management

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BROOTEN –– The development of a plan to protect and preserve Minnesota’s groundwater supply for the future is being shaped by what’s happening now in the Bonanza Valley area of west central Minnesota.


The area, which extends from near Alexandria to Paynesville, has seen a 175 percent increase in the use of groundwater in the last 25 years, in part because of agricultural irrigation.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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