The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 5, 2014

Water too precious to waste

Why it matters: Water isn't as abundant as we think in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.


Although the economy loves new industry and the jobs that come with it, the effects on resources has to be taken into consideration when plans are made. After the Granite Falls Energy ethanol plant began operations in 2005, the water table started dropping, and some residential wells ran dry, MPR reported. The company eventually abandoned its wells and began drawing water instead from the river. The ethanol company also paid for new wells or other repairs for several residents of the area, according to the report.

Residents in the southwest portion of the state may be more aware of how precious water is because they face the shortfall or added expense in their daily lives. But there are no boundaries when it comes to water. A 2013 Department of Natural Resources study of south-central Minnesota groundwater in the Mount Simon Aquifer pinpoints critical water recharge areas: “The study has shown that protection of water resources in the Buffalo to Cambridge area has not only local implications but also is of significant importance for one of the major aquifers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.”

In other words, what you do or don’t do to your water resources can have an impact not just on you, but on others as well. Reusing, conserving and keeping water clean are in the best interest of everyone.

In their words

“We’re trying to look at being more resilient, more sustainable in what we’re up to. We’re just really concerned about water usage. How we’re leaving it for the next generation.”

Judy Harder, owner of Jubilee Fruits and Vegetables in Mountain Lake.

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