Buttleman Groundwater cntd.

4/8/2013

Groundwater Management in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee

Keith Buttleman Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
April 9, 2013

Findings
• Current approach to water
supply management and development is unsustainable

• Aquifers levels declined –
depleted

• Lakes, Stream and wetlands
damaged

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Metropolitan Area Water Supplies
Over 50% of Minnesota’s population in Metro Area Surface Water: 30 % of total supply

o St Paul and Minneapolis o Intakes from Mississippi River
Groundwater: 70 % of total supply

o Municipal wells o Private wells
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Water Supply Trends

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Aquifers are Impacted

Surface Waters are Impacted
Example - White Bear Lake

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2030 Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer Conditions

“Business As Usual”

PDC-J Aquifer Decline under 2050 Avg. Annual Pumping

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Future Directions
• “Business As Usual” is not a
solution
– Recognizing limits on regional groundwater supplies – Balanced use of surface water, groundwater, and reclaimed water

Surface Water

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Prairie du ChienJordan Aquifer

( 2.2 Trillion GPY)

39 Billion Gallons Surface Water Sources 9,500 cfs diverted annually
4,900 cfs (1.1 Trillion GPY)

6,000 cfs (1.4 Trillion GPY)

4.7 Trillion Gallons
of river water flowing in the metro area

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Conclusion
• Region needs to:
– Restore Balance among water sources – Maintain and enhance recharge capability – Conservation

• Council needs to
– Develop growth plans that ensure sustainable water supply

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