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Groundwater sampling planned for Kandiyohi County's groundwater atlas

Groundwater sampling will take place this summer from 90 wells to add to Kandiyohi County's groundwater atlas.

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ST. PAUL — Groundwater sampling will take place this summer from about 90 wells to add to Kandiyohi County's groundwater atlas.

According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources , select owners will be contacted by mail or phone for permission to sample their wells. Wells will be selected based on geology, location, well depth and construction. It is voluntary for owners and they will receive laboratory results.

Sampling includes collecting a water sample from an outside location for laboratory analysis. The samples will help create county maps on groundwater.

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Kandiyohi County groundwater atlas project will take samples from about 90 wells this summer to build the county atlas. Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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According to the release, the atlas can be used to help identify viable water sources, identify recharge sources and flow, manage sustainability, direct decisions for well and septic system construction, assist in well-head protection, and assess pollution sensitivity and contamination migration.

The groundwater atlas contributes to a larger Kandiyohi County atlas. Part A of this atlas was completed in 2019 and covered the geology. Part B will cover the hydrogeology of groundwater with this sampling project. The DNR expects it to be completed by 2022.

More information about this program is available at the DNR website at dnr.state.mn.us .

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