About 90 percent of residents rely on groundwater as their primary drinking water source, whether from municipal or private wells. By 2030, the County's population is projected to increase by more than 12 percent to about 475,370 residents, which places greater demand on a limited resource.
Dakota County's groundwater is also at risk from surface pollution because of the highly porous, course soils. Maintaining an adequate supply of clean, safe, drinkable groundwater is critical to human and environmental health. Protecting this vital water supply is important to everyone.
State law gives Metro counties the ability to prepare and adopt a groundwater plan. Dakota County adopted its first Groundwater Plan in 1993. The current Groundwater Plan was adopted in 2009 as part of the County's comprehensive plan,
In 2019, Dakota County is updating its Groundwater Plan to further safeguard our groundwater supply. The plan will provide a framework to protect groundwater by identifying problems and opportunities for improved protection and management.
The first public discussions to gather ideas for the new Groundwater Plan were conducted April–June 2019. Survey results and all public comments will be summarized and posted soon. Also, see the stakeholder engagement plan.
Let us know what you think
Please take a few minutes to participate in a brief online survey.
To directly receive updates on the groundwater plan, or tell us your comments, concerns and ideas, send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Dakota County values and appreciates your input.