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. The plan has been reviewed by all agencies required by state law. Their comments were used to strengthen the plan.
Agency and Public Comments on Draft Plan
Summary of Plan Revisions
Revised Draft Groundwater Plan
Public comments and revisions to the draft plan will be presented to the Dakota County Planning Commission on Aug. 27, 2020.
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 or via other electronic means. The County Board will also consider submitting the revised draft plan to state agencies for final review and approval. Check the County Board meeting page for updates on whether the meeting will be in-person or conducted as an electronic meeting.
Written comments on the Revised Draft Groundwater Plan will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2020 at email@example.com. Comments can also be mailed to:
Dakota County Environmental Resource Department
ATTN: Groundwater Protection,
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Those interested in attending the public hearing can provide oral comments during the public hearing. Written comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org during the hearing. 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.