The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to a virtual meeting to hear presentations about the Straight River Groundwater Management Area (SRGWMA) plan. DNR staff will provide information focusing on water monitoring efforts in the SRGWMA and reconnect with interested individuals and organizations.

The virtual meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 9-10:30 a.m. Those interested in attending the virtual meeting can go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/gwmp/area-sr.html to obtain the meeting link, as well as to review the plan and other materials prior to the meeting.

In 2017, the DNR established the SRGWMA and created a five-year plan to guide groundwater management within the Straight River area. The plan was created with the help of an advisory team of nearly two dozen representatives of local government, industry, agriculture and other agencies.

According to a DNR news release, “An important focus of the plan is to continue collecting and analyzing information to determine whether present groundwater use in the SRGWMA is sustainable, meaning it does not negatively impact aquifers, surface waters or ecosystems; degrade water; or reduce water levels beyond the reach of public water supply and private domestic wells.”

Those attending the virtual meeting who require special accommodations may contact Darrin Hoverson, SRGWMA project manager, 218- 616-8105.