Source Water Protection

The Source Water Protection Program strives to meet several goals:

  • 1. Prevent contamination of public water supplies;
  • 2. Encourage the placement of certain activities in areas less likely to contaminate public water supplies;
  • 3. Raise public awareness of water resources used for public water supplies.

Mandatory Program Elements - completed for the public water system:

1. Delineation of a wellhead protection area for groundwater-dependent public water systems, or a source water protection area for surface water-dependent public water systems: The delineation is based on existing hydrologic and geologic information collected by state and federal agencies, the public water system, water well contractors, and consultants.
2. Contaminant Source Inventory: The inventory identifies the presence and location of sources or activities within the protection area that may contaminate groundwater or surface water.
3. Susceptibility Analysis: The analysis determines the susceptibility of the public water system wells or intakes to contamination by sources inventoried within the protection area.

Voluntary Program Elements - pursued voluntarily by the public water system:

1. Development of Management Strategies: Management strategies are actions the governing body of the public water system may pursue to protect groundwater or surface water within the protection area. Management strategies may involve the use of ordinances, zoning restrictions, or permitting requirements where the governing body has authority. Land acquisition in the protection area may be an option in cases where the governing body is lacking authority for ordinances or zoning.
2. Development of Contingency Plans: Contingency planning will help the public water system respond to interruptions in water supply. For example, how will you respond if a well or well field becomes unusable because of contamination, drought, or mechanical failure? How will you respond if a contaminant release occurs near a surface water intake?
3. Public Awareness: The public water system will benefit from efforts to inform the public of source water protection. An informed public is less likely to conduct activities in the protection area that may threaten the safety of its water supply.
4. New Wells: New wells should be located in areas that will maximize yield but also minimize potential contamination of source water. The completion of a preliminary wellhead protection area delineation and source inventory is therefore desirable prior to the installation of new wells.

Email List (click to expand) then click "Program" to sort

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ — Groundwater - Program Manager 701-328-5213
Collins James WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701-328-5161
Crowdus Kory WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5202
DeVries Sam WQ — Permits 701-328-5215
Espe Brady WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5228
Gleich Casey WQ — Groundwater 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ — Watershed Management - Database Mgmt 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5242
Hargiss Mike WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.499.5209
Haroldson Marty WQ — Permits - Program Manager 701-328-5234
Harries Alison WQ — Groundwater - Database Mgmt 701-328-5217
Husband Heather WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.537.2043
Kitzes Edwin WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701-328-5253
Lang Jeremy WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5219
Larsen Aaron WQ — Watershed Management - Program Manager 701-328-5230
Nett Joe WQ — Watershed Management 701-328-5227
Nieraeth Shawna WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5267
O'Gorman Brian WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5177
Olson Paul WQ — Watershed Management 701-328-5233
Peterson Andrew WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5294
Piper Dianna WQ — Administrative 701-328-5210
Rockeman Karl WQ — Director 701-328-5225
Roerick Jeff WQ — Permits - Discharges 701-328-5240
Sandness Greg WQ — Watershed Management - NPS 701-328-5232
Sandvick Duane WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5260
Schuett Patrick WQ — Permits - Database Mgmt 701-328-5235
Souder Taylor WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
Stockdill Scott WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ — Spill Investigation - Program Manager 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ — Groundwater 701-328-6409
Swanberg Samantha WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5239
Uhlman Jim WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5296
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ — Permits 701-328-5237
Wax Peter WQ — Special Projects 701-328-5268