Water samples from about 90 wells in Clay County Minnesota will be collected and analyzed for water chemistry this spring by hydrogeologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This data is being collected for the Clay County Geologic Atlas, anwhich involves the Minnesota Geological Survey, the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, Clay County, and Moorhead Public Service. DNR staff will soon contact Clay County residents to request permission for ground water sampling on thieir property, which involves collecting a water sample and measuring the depth to water in each well. The selection of wells is based on geology, location, well depth, and well construction, andsamples will come from wells drawing water from aquifers at varying depths. Owners of wells sampled will receive a report of the laboratory results for their well. Preserving the long-term quality of the region’s surface water and groundwater requires that policy makers have access to accurate information based on sound scientific principles. A county geologic atlas is a valuable tool used by county planners, resource managers, and other local government staff when making general planning, land use management and water resource protection decisions.
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