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Source Water Protection Resources

Minnesota Rural Water Association's Source Water Protection Program offers an opportunity for public water supply providers to develop plans to protect the quality of drinking water using local community resources. MRWA's Source Water Specialists are available to provide information and training for City Councils, Boards, Utility Commissions, other local community leaders, and Source Water Protection Team members. Check out MRWA Staff Work Area Map here.

  • Source Water Protection Awards
    Each year the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA) jointly recognize public water suppliers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to protecting their drinking water source. The winner and finalists are announced at MRWA's Conference in March and are presented a Governor-signed certificate in their hometowns.

    Nominating an Outstanding Public Water Supplier
    Fill out and submit a Nomination Form (PDF) to nominate an outstanding public water supplier. The form includes instructions. The public water supplier must have an approved source water protection plan. Nominations are accepted from November 1- January 15 of each year.

  • The University of Minnesota's Natural Capital Project produced a wonderful "story map" on drinking water in MN featuring information from our program on community public water supplies and source water protection here:  https://umn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=471adf0c04ab478f8480619cb408514a
Watch Recordings: Wellhead Protection Planning/Consultant Webinars

Source Water Protection Program Overview
  

Source Water Educational Resources - developed in conjunction with MDH

Tools for Plan Development & Plan Implementation

MRWA Source Water Success Stories

Link: MPCA's Web Site: "How's the Water?" - A snapshot of Water Quality in Minnesota

pdfEmergency Water Supply Plan

Watch Now:  Farm Bill Key to Protecting Drinking Water



Journey of a Water Molecule Video Link

MDH video commemorating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act:




The MDH, Martha Weaver and Erik Thorson (Anoka Co Public Information) have completed the production of the well sealing video - watch it below.


Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution





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arrowThe Source Water Protection Award - Recognition So
         Richly Deserved    by Robyn Hoerr

arrowSoil Health and Water Quality   by Scott Hanson

arrowMRWA Wellheadlines: Wellhead Protection Action Plans
         for Non-Municipal Public Water Systems   by Dave Neiman

arrowMRWA Wellheadlines: MRWA Source Water Educational
         Resources   by Dave Neiman

arrowWellheadlines: If It Isn't Documented, It Didn't Happen!
             by Dave Neiman

arrowWhy is Source Water Protection Important?   by Scott Hanson

arrowMeasuring Water Levels in Wells   by Mike Strodtman

arrowMinnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
         (MNCREP)  by Aaron Meyer

arrowCity of Bigfork - Winner of MRWA's Water Taste Test Contest
         by Robyn Hoerr

arrowMnDOT Cuts Back Road Salt Use - Link

arrowAction Plans   by Dave Neiman

arrowIn A Battle Against Nitrates   by Aaron Meyer

arrowCity of Elk River Goes With the Flow and Seals a Flowing
             Artesian Well   by Robyn Hoerr

arrow2016 Sourcewater Long Prairie Award

arrowNew Tool to Help Battle Those Dreaded Nitrates 
               by Aaron Meyer


arrowCity of Le Center: Winner of the MRWA Water Taste Test 
               by Robyn Hoerr

arrowConservation Cropland Practices for Protecting Groundwater
         Booklet

arrowEducating the Next Generation  by Mike Strodtman

arrowMinnesota County Well Index   by Dave Neiman

arrowGhosts of Land Use Practices - by Aaron Meyer

arrowWellhead Protection Plan Amendments - Are They Worth It?
         by Robyn Hoerr

arrowCold Spring: More Than Just Beer! - check out page 21 on link
         --Cold Spring recognized by EPA for WHP Efforts


arrowOklee Well Search  by Mike Strodtman

arrowCity of Roscoe Well Sealing Project  by Dave Neiman

arrowProviding Groundwater Education to Kids  by Robyn Hoerr

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Invest in Your Future: Money Well Spent  by Aaron Meyer

arrowCity of Marble Removal of Old Fuel Tanks - by Mike Strodtman

arrowMoney! Money! Money! by Aaron Meyer

arrowMRWA Wellheadlines How To Create Success - by Dave Neiman

arrowWHP Efforts in City of Sturgeon Lake - by Mike Strodtman

arrowWHP Implementation: Finding Some Assistance to Help You
         Make a Difference!  by Robyn Hoerr

arrowMinnesota's Groundwater: Is Our Use Sustainable?

arrowPlanning a Children's Water Festival


Slides of Source Water / Groundwater Mini-Sessions at MRWA's 30th Annual Water & Wastewater Technical Conference -- download pdfs of presentations below:

    *Benefits of Wellhead Protection to Your Community

    *Where Does Your Groundwater Come From?

    *Alternate Water Supply Contingency Strategy &
      Emergency Response

    *Applying for a SWP Implementation Grant & Other Funding
      Sources

    *Wellhead Protection Issues Related to Mining Activities

    *Hydrogeology 101






















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