Jim Berg '77 Advises Mankato On Municipal Water Supply

July 21, 2017
By Minnesota Public Radio

Hundreds of feet below southern Minnesota, the Mt. Simon aquifer provides drinking water for more than 1 million Minnesotans. It was once so robust the water forced its way to the surface in some spots, a phenomenon known as a "flowing well."

Those days, however, are long gone. Mt. Simon water levels have dropped by as much as 200 feet in some areas since pioneer settlement times. [...]

Regulators will be closely watching new demands for Mt. Simon water and tracking an extensive network of wells as they monitor the aquifer's health, said Jim Berg, a research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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