Dakota County administers County Ordinance 114 Well and Water Supply Management to establish standards for the construction, reconstruction, sealing, maintenance and regulation of wells to protect groundwater and the environment and to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Changes to the ordinance were last adopted by the County Board in November 1998.
County staff drafted revisions to Ordinance 114 to ensure consistency with state laws and minimize impacts to the public's health, safety, and welfare and the environment of Dakota County. Amendments to the following areas of Ordinance No. 114 are proposed by staff:
- Updates to language and definitions to ensure consistency with Minnesota Statutes 103H and 103I and Minnesota Rule 4725.
- Addition of manganese testing requirement for newly constructed wells and reconstructed wells to ensure the safety and welfare of the public.
- Addition of requirement to meet arsenic water quality standard and the addition of water treatment system option to meet nitrate-nitrite and arsenic standards (rather than requiring deeper wells).
- Renumbering, reformatting, removal of redundancy, and other modifications for clarification purposes only and to ensure consistency with current County ordinance structures.
Summary of Changes
Written comments regarding the proposed amendments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. You may also mail your comments to the Dakota County Environmental Resource Department, ATTN: Ordinance No. 114, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124.
Public hearing – Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.
A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting to receive comments on the proposed amendments. The meeting is held at the Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings.