Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Groundwater - North & East Metro Groundwater Management Area Update

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Groundwater is vital to Minnesota’s prosperity. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has initiated a planning process to establish a Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) in the North & East Metro. The proposed working boundary for the North & East Metro GWMA includes all of Ramsey and Washington counties, the southern portion of Anoka County, and a portion of Hennepin County. The GWMA planning process will produce a plan to guide our actions in the area. Formal designation of the GWMA will take place at the end of the planning process when the Commissioner of the DNR approves the plan. Implementation will begin following formal designation of the GWMA.


The DNR formed a Project Advisory Team (PAT) to provide advice and feedback during the GWMA planning process. The project Advisory Team includes cities, permitted users, private businesses, conservation districts, and other state agencies. Project Advisory Team meetings are open to the public and guests attending are encouraged to participate in the meetings.


More information about the GWMA is posted on the DNR project website.



Over the past year and one-half, the DNR met with the Project Advisory Team during preparation of the proposed North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area Plan. We also met with other stakeholders (counties, watershed districts, individuals and organizations) across the proposed GWMA to receive their ideas and comments. On February 2, 2015 the DNR posted the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area Draft Plan for review, and accepted stakeholder comments through April 1, 2015. The draft plan has been revised based on input from the Advisory Team and from you. We will be reviewing the revised draft GWMA Plan with our Project Advisory Team at the team meeting on May 15, 2015.





The next meeting of the Project Advisory Team will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the DNR headquarters. More information about the planned meeting and the agenda will be posted on the project webpage.


Individuals do not need to be on the Advisory Team to attend. The Advisory Team meetings are open for interested parties to observe and time is available to provide comments and ideas.

For directions and parking information for the DNR Central Office, visit the parking webpage.



We continue to seek your engagement in the process of developing the N&E Metro GWMA Plan. Opportunities for you to engage include:

  • May 15, 2015 Project Advisory Team Meeting. DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • Individuals interested in receiving meeting notifications and project updates for the N&E Metro Pilot GWMA can sign up by following this link and entering their email address,
  • Provide your comments and ideas directly to the DNR. Direct your communications to DNR@state.mn.us.
  • Project Updates Available - For information about the project, updates have been posted on the project webpage.


If you have questions about this project, please contact Paul Putzier, DNR project manager at 651-259-5692; paul.putzier@state.mn.us or visit the DNR’s GWMA webpage.