The Minnesota Geologic Survey is updating the Dakota County Geologic Atlas, which describes materials and features from just beneath the soil to the bedrock and beyond. It includes geology and hydrogeology.
Well drilling records are an important source of information about buried geologic formations. Dakota County recently hired Ethan Kurak, a geology graduate, to identify and locate wells as part of the Geologic Atlas update process. Accurate locations of wells will improve the quality of the updated atlas.
Beginning this week and through the summer, Kurak will drive a Dakota County marked vehicle and carry County identification while visiting many neighborhoods in the county to verify well locations. Only information that helps to identify and locate wells will be gathered. Kurak will knock on doors when going on a property and will not cross “no trespassing" signs without permission.
In addition to gathering well data, Kurak will have water test kits available for interested well owners. The kits will include testing information.