Adrian secures wellhead protection by ensuring land stays in perennial cover

City works with willing landowners, Nobles SWCD, Minnesota Rural Water Association on Clean Water Fund project to curb nitrate levels in drinking water

A south-facing view from Adrian’s water treatment plant shows the wellhead protection area. The city’s location just off Interstate Highway 90 has made it more challenging to plant cover crops. The powerlines that parallel the freeway make aerial seeding impossible. In recent years, equipment has become more available for ground seeding. Photo Credits: Ed Lenz, BWSR
By ensuring land within its wellhead protection area remains in permanent cover, the city of Adrian will reduce nitrate levels in its municipal drinking water supply, which supplies 648 residential and business customers. This view looks north across part of the newly acquired land.
A south-facing view from the city of Adrian’s water treatment plant shows part of the newly acquired wellhead protection property beyond the treeline. The city likely will continue to maintain the 32-acre parcel it bought from the Morgenthaler Family Trust through haying.
The three wells in use lie within 1,000 feet of each other on the northern edge of the city.
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. www.bwsr.state.mn.us

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Our mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.