Wells & Water Quality
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Well Information:

Water Test Kit:

-Combination Bacteria and Nitrate test: $56.00
-Individual Bacteria or Nitrate test: $33.00
-Lead or Arsenic Test: $18.00 + Cost of Shipping to Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratory
-Third Party Sampler: $70.00 (County employee will take the sample and drop it off at the Southeast            Minnesota Water Analysis Laboratory in Rochester)

Purchase Water Test Kits at the Environmental Services window located on the second floor of the Dodge County Government Services Building.

Combination Bacteria and Nitrate test parameters include:

-Chloride
-Fluoride
-Nitrate
-Nitrite
-Sulfate
-E. Coli
-Total Coliform

Most commonly, a third party water sample is required by the realtor to take the test during financing or sale of a home. If that is the case, a Combination Bacteria and Nitrate test + Third Party Sampler will be purchased for a total of $126.00.

Free test kits are available for the following:

-Families with income qualifications through the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC).
-Households with expectant mothers or children less than 1 year old (Daycares excluded)
-Shallow wells less than 60 feet deep.
-Previously untested wells with known depth.

Minnesota Well Index (MWI) - MN Department of Health
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
The Dodge County Environmental Services Department at (507) 635-6273. Ask for Melissa DeVetter.



Water Quality Information:

How is the Water Quality in Dodge County?

UPDATED NEWSLETTER:
2021 Volunteer Nitrate Monitoring Network (VNMN) Results - Spring 2021

Historic Water Quality Updates:
2013 Dodge County Water Programs and Trends
2015 Ground Water & Nitrogen in Dodge County


Understanding Contaminants and Groundwater:
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Zumbro River WatershedGreater Zumbro River Watershed Management Plan    
              
   Summary: In 2018, the Zumbro River watershed was awarded a planning grant by the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for the One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) program.  The goal of 1W1P is to align local water planning on major watershed boundaries with state strategies towards prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans.

   The planning area for the Zumbro River 1W1P also includes the Mississippi River Lake Pepin (MRLP) Watershed in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties for a combined total drainage area of 1,058,967 acres. This Partnership which includes the counties and soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) of Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Dodge, and Olmsted, along with the Bear Valley Watershed District and the City of Rochester, have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the purpose of developing a watershed plan.

   The process is locally lead through a Policy Committee comprised of one elected official from each of the 13 Local Government Units within the watershed. It will involve a broad range of stakeholders throughout the process including the use of an Advisory Committee and public meetings. The resulting plan will address the most significant threats to our water resources and an implementation strategy that provides the greatest benefit to the watershed.

   An overview of the Greater Zumbro River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (also known as Zumbro 1W1P) is available as an ESRI Storymap which can be found at https://arcg.is/1bnunW.     The Storymap walks through an overview of the planning process, the progress to date, our prioritized watershed issues and actions to improve them, the public input survey, and an interactive watershed map.  Our partnership will use the survey to gain feedback from watershed residents on activities and projects they would like to see accomplished in the watershed. Where should the local implementation workgroup focus our time in the next 10-years? What activities do they think will be most effective, and which will have little or no impact? We will utilize this feedback to help prioritize our workplan into the future.  After reviewing the information, please take time to fill out the Public Input Survey, which is found in Part 4 of the Storymap on the link. 

Greater Zumbro River One Watershed One Plan Waterside Chats 
Dodge County 2006-2016 Comprehensive Water Plan Includes 2017-2021 Amendment 



Dodge County Water Plan References:
Cedar River Watershed WRAPS
Zumbro River Watershed HSPF Scenarios
Root River Watershed WRAPS

Environmental Information Articles:
Flooding Wells - March 2019
Use Salt Sparingly - December 2018
Time To Get Your Septic System Ready for Winter
- November 2018
Buffers Ahead of Schedule for November Deadline- September 2018 
Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution - August 2018
Dodge County Wood Chip Bioreactor Story - December 2012