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The Buffalo Aquifer

Below is a map of
the Buffalo Aquifer.
buffalo-aquifer-map
The Action Plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) created an action plan that would layout the needed steps to accomplish the desired plans. This plan is broken into four areas:

  1. All Aquifers in Southwest Clay County
  2. The Buffalo Aquifer
  3. The Border Aquifer
  4. Any Other Aquifers in Clay County (if discovered)

(Green highlight indicates task complete)

All Aquifers in Southwest Clay County

 

Action Steps Who
County Atlas Part A Standard Process Minnesota Geological Society
(MGS)
Wilkin County unpublished data mapped GIS Mapping Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)
County Atlas Part B Standard Process DNR
Comprehensive Water Supply Plan for SW Clay County Draft Plan, Public Comment, Plan Adoption Clay County, MPS, DNR

 

The Buffalo Aquifer

 

Action

Steps

Who

Identify Project Manager

COMPLETED

Kristofer Knutson, MPS

Build Cooperating Group

Meetings and public communications

MPS, County, DNR

Secure funding and in-kind services

Determine amounts, proposals, deliver services, funding obtained

MPS, County w/assistance from DNR, MGS, USGS

Identify permitted water use in Clay County

Database search, map preparation

DNR

Communications Website

Identify options, obtain expertise, develop site, go live, keep updated

MPS

Summarize past studies

Review and report

USGS or DNR

Ground water level monitoring both

Standard monitoring protocol

MPS, County, DNR

Determine need for further aquifer location verification

Review data and confer

MGS, NDR, USGS

County Well Index (CWI)  well locations

Survey (x,y) wells in CWI & use LIDAR

MPS, County, MGS

Stream flow gauging and TMDL data collection

Identify existing data, establish new locations, collaborations

DNR, Dept, of Ag, MPCA

Identify water sources that could be impacted by pumping

Review and analyze data collected

DNR, USGS

CWI well locations

Verify known well locations, find
un-located wells

MGS
(County Atlas Part A, phase 1)

Chemical sampling wells

Gather existing data, standard sampling protocol

MPS, County, Dept of Ag

Additional monitoring to define aquifer (if needed)

Standard exploration drilling

MGS or DNR

Resources test and analysis

Standard resources (aquifer) test

DNR

Modeling of scenarios

Incorporate data, identify scenarios, run model

MPS, DNR

Prepare draft Buffalo Aquifer Plan

Report preparation

MPS, DNR, County

Public review and adoption of Aquifer Management Plan

Adoption plan prepared, adopted by DNR, MPS, and County

MPS, DNR, County

 

The Border Aquifer

 

Action

Steps

Who

Locate wells in aquifer

CWI search

MPS, NDR

Well locations

Survey (x,y) wells

MPS, County

Chemical sampling wells

Standard sampling protocols

MPS, County

Water level monitoring

Standard monitoring protocols

MPS, County, DNR

Review of Border Aquifer as water supply

Review and analyze data

DNR, MPS, County

 

Other Aquifers

Action

Steps

Who

Test and explore additional aquifers

Following completion of
Part A of
County Atlas

TBD

 
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