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Groundwater--Quality--Minnesota; Groundwater--Management--Minnesota


Minnesota is known for its abundant surface water - lakes, rivers, and streams - and much emphasis is placed on managing these priceless resources, yet it is ground water that supplies drinking water to about 75 percent of the state's population, and ground water that agriculture depends on for 88 percent of irrigation water. While ground water quality can be and is impacted by activities at the land surface, the greatest proportion of Minnesota's ground water is still suitable for most uses.

Over 175 units and several levels of government are involved in water resource protection and planning. Choices are being made about the course of future ground water quality protection in Minnesota. Efforts are underway to evaluate the vulnerability of aquifers and to assess and inventory potential contamination sources and inappropriate land use practices.

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