With about 90 percent of residents relying on groundwater as their primary drinking water source and the county's population projected to increase 12 percent by 2030, protecting our groundwater supply is important to everyone. With soils and geology that make aquifers highly vulnerable to contamination, protecting our groundwater quality is equally important.
Maintaining an adequate supply of clean, safe, drinkable groundwater is critical to human and environmental health. Dakota County is updating a Groundwater Plan to do just that.
Dakota County adopted its first Groundwater Plan in 1993. This is the first major update to that plan.
Draft plan available for public comment
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has released the draft Groundwater Plan for public review and comment from May 20 through July 20, 2020.
Draft Groundwater Plan Executive Summary
Draft Groundwater Plan
A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for County Board meeting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2020 in the Boardroom of the Hastings Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings.
To comment on the plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakota County values and appreciates your input.
The draft plan was developed with assistance from many who provided comments throughout the planning process:
- The Dakota County Planning Commission
- The Groundwater Plan Technical Advisory Group
- Many interested residents and stakeholders who participated in meetings, events and surveys
Community and stakeholder engagement assistance was provided by Freshwater.
Start-up and Project Organization: October–December 2018
Research on Groundwater Issues and Public Concerns: January–October 2019
Draft Goals and Strategies: October 2019–May 2020
Draft Plan Review and Adoption (May–October 2020)
Community and stakeholder engagement
Two rounds of community and stakeholder engagement were held over the course of the project:
Engagement Report: Research Phase
Engagement Report: Draft Goals and Strategies Phase
A Technical Advisory Group provided technical expertise and represented various interests, including construction, agriculture, hydrogeology, well drilling, watershed management organizations, and local government units.