Minnesota is using a combination of approaches in the areas where water conflicts occur. These are documented on the DNR website at this link. The report, "Definitions and Thresholds for Negative Impacts to Surface Waters", set the basis and makes excellent reading! This report examines the hydrologic linkages between surface and ground water, and how both must be managed together to achieve water sustainability.
Water Scarcity in the News:
Here are some recent articles from around our region:
Even in water-rich Michigan, no guarantee of water for all:
Iowa sand mining company abandons appeal to export Iowa groundwater:
Just 50 miles from Lake Michigan, groundwater is running out:
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-illinois-water-supply-lake-michigan-aquifers-20210226-27j6lwnyjndjhg4ux5ek42qcxu-story.html (This is an excellent article with a lot of information on groundwater in Chicagoland.)
Citing drought, US won't give water to California farmers:
Drastic water use changes proposed to steady White Bear Lake levels:
State leaders have the power to help families with polluted wells:
You pray for rain...
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