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.
Outreach – Education
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 Staff Specialists are available to provide information and training for City Councils, Boards, Utility Commissions, other local community leaders and Source Water Protection Team members.
MRWA’s Specialists will help with creation of a local Team and work with team members through a FIVE-STEP PROGRAM, which has been designed to simplify the development of local water quality protection programs. The MRWA FIVE-STEP PROGRAM includes the following action items:
- Form a community planning team.
- Identify the land area to be protected.
- Identify land uses and possible sources of pollution in the identified area.
- Implement ways to prevent drinking water contamination.
- Develop an alternate way to supply water if the public well becomes contaminated.
Information – Data
Program materials, forms, sample documents, training programs and public education items have been developed to assist the local Team put together a Source Water Protection Plan. Items available for use include sample ordinances, press releases, resolutions, examples of plans from other areas of the state and nation, and workable solutions for addressing local water quality problems.
Possibly the most important step in development of a local Source Water Protection Plan is implementation of the work items contained within the plan. MRWA’s Specialists will continue to assist local community team members with on-going support and encouragement to not only start to protect local water quality, but to follow though with a long-term protection program. Future community members deserve good, safe drinking water.
MRWA’s other specialized technical assistance programs also offer help and support, in order that communities can continue to provide the best possible service to their water and waste water customers.
Click the map areas below to see which SWP Staff is in your area.
Minnesota Department of Health: Noncommunity Drinking Water: Safe Drinking Water Wherever You Go
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 above.
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.
MRWA SOURCE WATER ARTICLES
Partner Protection Grants -New Drinking Water Protection Programs by Aaron Meyer
Farm Bill Funding for Source Water Protection by Scott Hanson
City of Georgetown Recognized for their Source Water Protection Efforts – by Mike Strodtman
Best Tasting Water in Minnesota by Robyn Hoerr
Soil Health and Water Quality by Scott Hanson
Wellheadlines: If It Isn’t Documented, It Didn’t Happen!
by Dave Neiman
Why is Source Water Protection Important? by Scott Hanson
Measuring Water Levels in Wells by Mike Strodtman
Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
(MNCREP) by Aaron Meyer
City of Bigfork – Winner of MRWA’s Water Taste Test Contest
by Robyn Hoerr
Action Plans by Dave Neiman
In A Battle Against Nitrates by Aaron Meyer
New Tool to Help Battle Those Dreaded Nitrates
by Aaron Meyer
City of Le Center: Winner of the MRWA Water Taste Test
by Robyn Hoerr
Educating the Next Generation by Mike Strodtman
Minnesota County Well Index by Dave Neiman
Ghosts of Land Use Practices – by Aaron Meyer
Wellhead Protection Plan Amendments – Are They Worth It?
by Robyn Hoerr
Cold Spring: More Than Just Beer! – check out page 21 on link
–Cold Spring recognized by EPA for WHP Efforts
Oklee Well Search by Mike Strodtman
City of Roscoe Well Sealing Project by Dave Neiman
Providing Groundwater Education to Kids by Robyn Hoerr
Invest in Your Future: Money Well Spent by Aaron Meyer
City of Marble Removal of Old Fuel Tanks – by Mike Strodtman
Money! Money! Money! by Aaron Meyer
MRWA Wellheadlines How To Create Success – by Dave Neiman
WHP Efforts in City of Sturgeon Lake – by Mike Strodtman
Slides of Source Water / Groundwater Mini-Sessions at MRWA’s 30th Annual Water & Wastewater Technical Conference — download pdfs of presentations below: