Resource: Minnesota’s Groundwater: Is our use sustainable?
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Title: Minnesota's Groundwater: Is our use sustainable?
Resource type: Report/study
Topics: Communities, Statewide/Global, Water
Keywords: groundwater DNR White Bear Lake pumping conservation
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide
Summary: This report on groundwater by the Freshwater Society is an effort to inform Minnesotans about the demands on our groundwater resources and the limitations those resources face.

The following is adapted from the website above.

A new report from the Freshwater Society concludes that Minnesotans are over-using groundwater in ways that could leave the state short of water. "Minnesota's Groundwater: Is our use sustainable?" estimates that total reported groundwater pumping in Minnesota increased by about 2.8 billion gallons per year from 1988 through 2011. That adds up to a 31 percent increase over that period. By comparison, the state's population increased 24 percent in the same period.

Agricultural irrigation, the second-biggest use of groundwater and the fastest-growing use, increased an estimated 73 percent during those years. Pumping by city water systems, the biggest single use, increased an estimated 33 percent.

The Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Metropolitan Council's top water planner warn that current pumping levels are unsustainable or close to becoming unsustainable in some areas. According to the Freshwater report, the shrinkage of White Bear Lake over the last decade illustrates that unsustainability.

For more information or to download the report, visit the webpage below.

Organization: Freshwater Society
Address: Freshwater Society 500 Shadywood Road
Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: 952-471-9773
800 number: 888-471-9773
Suggested by: Erin Barnes-Driscoll
Added: 06/7/13
Updated: 06/7/13