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Use of Bonanza Valley groundwater subject of meeting Wednesday

BROOTEN — The use of groundwater in the Bonanza Valley area, which has increased more quickly than in any other area in the state, is the subject of a meeting Wednesday in Brooten.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Classic Company Dinner Theater.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, groundwater use in the Bonanza Valley has increased at a rate five times faster than in the rest of the state over the last 25 years.

The DNR initiated the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area to meet legislative mandates and to ensure that water use is sustainable well into the future.  

The public is invited to provide comments at the meeting, which will be conducted by the project advisory team for the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area.

The purpose of the 21-member project advisory team is to assist the DNR in developing a plan to ensure groundwater use is sustainable in the Bonanza Valley.  

At the Wednesday meeting, the team will begin to discuss the first of seven strategies that will be in the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Plan.

The first strategy directs the DNR to heighten the priority given to groundwater management.  

Next to be discussed is a strategy directing the DNR to improve communication and education for groundwater users, stakeholders, partners and the general public about the importance of groundwater resources and the challenges facing groundwater management.

Questions about the Bonanza Valley project can be directed to Mark Hauck, DNR project manager, at 320-223-7846 or

More information is also available on the DNR website,