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Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management open house slated Wednesday in Belgrade

BELGRADE — An open house meeting to learn about the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management project will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School in Belgrade.

Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to listen to presentations by Department of Natural Resources staff regarding the statewide Groundwater Management Program Draft Strategic Plan and the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management project. DNR staff, along with representatives from other state agencies involved in groundwater management, will provide resource information and maps and be available to answer questions.

This meeting was originally scheduled Jan. 22 but was postponed due to the weather.

Groundwater is vital to Minnesota’s economy and future prosperity. Minnesotans use groundwater resources to meet domestic, industrial, agricultural, private and public water supply needs. The DNR in a news release says that groundwater resources and use are not uniformly distributed across the state, and in some areas groundwater is at risk of overuse and contamination.

Minnesota’s groundwater use has increased over the last two decades. These increases may not be sustainable for continued economic growth. The DNR is establishing three groundwater management areas around the state to help communities and individuals in these areas better understand groundwater resources and plan for their future development.

Those who want to review and comment on the DNR Groundwater Management Program Draft Strategic Plan can find it on the DNR website at