The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reach out to about 90 landowners in Dodge County as part of its Groundwater Atlas of Dodge County program this summer.

Owners selected by the DNR will be contacted by mail or phone for permission to sample their wells. Wells will be selected based on geology, location, well depth and well construction, and the sampling will help create a map of groundwater distribution, movement, conditions and pollution sensitivity in the aquifers.

Sampling involves measuring the depth to water and collecting a water sample for laboratory analysis. Participation is voluntary and owners will receive a report of the laboratory results.

The final products will be available as printed maps, reports and geographic information system files available on the web.

The program, being conducted in several counties over a period of time, will be used to help the state better manage its underground water supply.

A full description of this DNR program and status reports for atlas products is available at mndnr.gov/groundwatermapping.

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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.

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