Workshop on Mt. Simon aquifer set May 22

City and county officials and water and land-use planners are invited to a half-day workshop on protecting a heavily used groundwater aquifer west and north of the Twin Cities.

The May 22 workshop will focus on the recharge area –places on the land’s surface where rain and snow seep down to the groundwater – for the Mt. Simon aquifer.

The aquifer is huge, extending from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through Wisconsin and Minnesota and down to Illinois, but the workshop will deal with recharge in three Minnesota counties: Wright, Isanti and Sherburne.

Cities in the recharge area are: Buffalo, Albertville, Monticello, Big Lake, Zimmerman, Cambridge and Elk River.

The workshop is being organized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Health Department and the Metropolitan Council. It will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cabela’s store, near Interstate 94 and Highway 101 in Rogers.

Learn more and register to attend. Register by May 15.