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The Buffalo Aquifer

Below is a map of
the Buffalo Aquifer.
Welcome to the Buffalo Aquifer Management Website
Welcome to BuffaloAquifer.com

Beginning in 2008, Moorhead Public Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began working on a plan focusing on long-term drought.

This website is a result of that plan and has been created to offer as much information as possible, keep the public involved in the process, and offer opportunities for input.

Please Refer to the Documents and Resources for General Information about the Buffalo Aquifer and the Aquifer Management Plan.

Click here for a video on the 3D Geologic Model of the Fargo-Moorhead area, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Why Create an Aquifer Management Plan?

There are two main objectives of a Management Plan for the Buffalo Aquifer:

  1. Assure a long-term drought water supply for Moorhead, Dilworth and all of Clay County
  2. Assure sustainable water resources use for Moorhead, Dilworth, and all of Clay County

The Anticipated Results

The results of all studies is anticipated to develop and recommend aquifer management plans for prsent and future generations.  This will be accomplished by:

  • Soliciting input and support from all stakeholders including cities, townships, county, landowners, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
  • Considering all data and information related to the aquifer and study area.
  • Identifying, discussing, and documenting aquifer issues, opportunities, and management options.
  • Establishing priorities for water in the aquifer.
  • Establishing static level triggers for water conservation and water use reductions.

About the Buffalo Aquifer

What is an aquifer:
Simply stated, an aquifer is a place where groundwater can be withdrawn through the installation of wells.

Where is the Buffalo Aquifer:
The Buffalo Aquifer is located in Clay County and runs from north of, and runs east of, Dilworth. This aquifer runs south into Wilkin County.  A map of the aquifer can be found by clicking here.

Storage in the Buffalo Aquifer:
The Buffalo Aquifer currently has plenty of water. It is estimated that the Buffalo Aquifer is holding over 200 billion gallons of water.

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