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 revised based on public comment
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners released the draft Groundwater Plan for public review and comment from May 20–July 20, 2020. The draft plan was posted online and notification was sent to many agencies and residents who expressed interest.
A public hearing to receive comments on the draft plan was conducted on Sept 1, 2020. Later, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners released the revised Groundwater Plan for final review and approval. A copy of all comments, response to comments and the revised Groundwater Plan with a summary of changes incorporated as a result of the review process is provided below.
Agency and Public Comments on Draft Plan
Summary of Plan Revisions
Revised Draft Groundwater Plan
The 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
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
Technical Advisory Group provided technical expertise and represented various interests, including construction, agriculture, hydrogeology, well drilling, watershed management organizations, and local government units.