Well Sealing Financial Assistance - Minnesota Department of Health

Well Sealing Financial Assistance
Well Management Program

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Minnesota State map showing county boundaries. Identifies the type of financial assistance available in each county as described in table below.

The map above indicates counties that have financial assistance programs for well sealing offered by various government agencies. A cost-share program reimburses the property owner for only part of the cost of well sealing. For further information about these programs, call the contact person listed in the table below for your county or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), County Environmental Services Department, or county water plan coordinator. There are also a number of federal and state grant and loan programs that are offered throughout the state. Preapproval is required to qualify for these programs so the arrangements for financial assistance must be made before a well is sealed.

State law requires that well sealing be done by a licensed well contractor.  To find a licensed well contractor, look in the Yellow Pages under “Well Drilling and Services” or visit the MDH Well Management Section, Licensed Well and Boring Contractor Directory.

The following government agencies in the state offer financial assistance programs for well sealing.

Agency Contact Person Telephone Number
Aitkin SWCD Steve Hughes 218-927-6565, ext. 4
Anoka County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Julie Reberg 763-567-5367
Becker County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Ed Musielewicz 218-847-9392, ext. 3
Beltrami County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-751-1942, ext. 3
Beltrami SWCD  Zach Gutknecht 218-333-4171
Benton County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Pat Gehling 320-968-5300, ext. 3
Benton SWCD Nathan Sanoski 320-968-5300, ext. 3
Big Stone County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Krecia Leddy 320-839-6149, ext. 3
Big Stone SWCD Tammy Neubauer 320-839-6149, ext. 3
Blue Earth County, Delegated Well Program Tim Grant 507-304-4381
Blue Earth County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Reginald Liddell 507-345-7418, ext. 3
Blue Earth SWCD  Jerad Bach 507-345-4744
Brown County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Janelle Price 507-794-4491, ext. 3
Brown County Planning and Zoning John Knisley 507-233-6641
Carlton County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-720-5209, ext. 3
Carlton SWCD (Cost Share and AgBMP Loan Program) Laura Christensen 218-384-3891
Carver County Planning and Water Management Tim Sundby 952-361-1816
Cass County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Candi Fuller, Brian Steffen 218-829-5965, ext. 3
Cass SWCD Brenda Davis, John Ringle 218-547-7399
Chippewa County Land and Resource Management JoAnn Blomme 320-269-6231
Chisago NRCS (EQIP Program*) Deb Hermel 651-674-7051, ext. 3
Clay County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Sharon Lean 218-233-7773, ext. 3
Clay SWCD (AgBMP and State Cost-Share Program**) Kevin Kassenborg 218-287-2255
Clearwater County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Cari Roepke 218-694-6584, ext. 3
Clearwater SWCD  Chester Powell 218-694-6845, ext. 4
Cook County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-720-5209, ext. 3
Cook County Land Services Tim Nelson 218-387-3633
Cottonwood SWCD  Kari Clouse 507-831-1153, ext. 3
Crow Wing County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Candi Fuller, Brian Steffen 218-829-5965, ext. 3
Crow Wing SWCD  Melissa Barrick, Clayton Lenk 218-828-6197
Dakota County Environmental Resources Dept. Vanessa Demuth 952-891-7010
Dakota County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Michelle Wohlers 651-463-8665, ext. 3
Dodge County Environmental Services Dean Schrandt 507-635-6273
Dodge County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Mike Muzzy 507-374-6364, ext. 3
Dodge SWCD Adam King 507-374-6364, ext. 113
Douglas County, City of Alexandria Megan Chisholm 320-763-6501
Douglas County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Mark Dybdal 320-763-3191, ext. 3
Douglas SWCD (AgBMP Loan Program) Jerry Haggenmiller 320-763-3191, ext. 3
Faribault County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Josiah Olson 507-526-3282, ext. 3
Faribault SWCD  Shane Johnson 507-526-2388
Fillmore SWCD  Donna Rasmussen 507-765-3878, ext. 3
Freeborn County Environmental Services (AgBMP Loan Program) Rachel Wehner 507-377-5186
Freeborn County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Gary Kurer 507-373-5607, ext. 3
Goodhue County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Tom Steger 651-923-5300, ext. 3
Goodhue SWCD (Cost Share and AgBMP Loan Program) Chris Wagner 651-923-5286
Grant County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-685-5341, ext. 3
Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department Dan Boeding 612-596-6627
Hennepin County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Julie Reberg 763-567-5367
Houston County Dept. of Environmental Services (Cost Share and AgBMP Loan Program) Aaron Lacher 507-725-5800
Houston County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Gary Larson 507-724-5261, ext. 3
Hubbard County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Dan Pazdernik 218-732-9723, ext. 3
Hubbard SWCD  Julie Kingsley 218-732-0121, ext. 4
Isanti County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Josh Bork 763-689-3224, ext. 3
Isanti SWCD  Tiffany Determan 763-689-3224, ext. 5
Itasca County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Kyle Asplund 218-326-6595, ext. 3
Itasca SWCD  Tim Frits 218-328-3090
Jackson SWCD Chris Bauer 507-662-6682, ext. 3
Kanabec County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Shannon Rasinski 320-674-3012
Kanabec SWCD  Deanna Pomije 320-679-3982
Kandiyohi County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Melanie Dickman 320-235-3906
Kandiyohi SWCD  Richard Reimer 320-235-3906, ext. 3
Kittson SWCD Justin Muller, Jeremy Benson 218-843-2619, ext. 3
Koochiching County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-634-2757, ext. 3
Koochiching SWCD Pam Tomevi, Eric Olson 218-283-1174, 1175
Lac qui Parle County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Burt Hendrickson 320-598-7321, ext. 3
Lac qui Parle SWCD Chessa Frahm 320-598-7321, ext. 3
Lake County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-720-5209, ext. 3
Lake County SWCD  Karen Tucker 218-834-8370
Lake of the Woods County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-634-2757, ext. 3
Lake of the Woods SWCD Corryn Trask 218-634-1842, ext. 4
LeSueur County Environmental Services Holly Kalbus 507-357-8540
LeSueur County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Steve Breaker 507-357-4908, ext. 3
LeSueur SWCD (AgMBP Loan Program) Sue Prchal 507-357-4879, ext. 3
Lincoln SWCD Dale Sterzinger 507-694-1630, ext. 3
Lyon SWCD John Biren 507-532-8207, ext. 3
Mahnomen County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Dustin Jasken or NRCS Staff 218-935-2987, ext. 3
Mahnomen SWCD Aaron Neubert 218-935-2987, ext. 3
Marshall County Environmental Services Josh Johnston 218-745-5841
Marshall SWCD Darren Carlson 218-745-5010
Martin County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Betsy Norland 507-235-6661, ext. 3
Martin SWCD  Greg Johanson 507-235-6680, 6670
McLeod SWCD  Ryan Freitag 320-864-5176
Meeker County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Jacob Stich 320-693-7287, ext. 3
Meeker SWCD  Joe Norman 320-693-7287, ext. 3
Mille Lacs  County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Shannon Rasinski 320-983-2154, ext. 3
Mille Lacs SWCD Lynn Gallice, Maggie Kuchenbaker 320-983-2160
Morrison SWCD  Shannon Wettstein 320-631-3553
Mower County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 507-434-2603, ext. 3
Mower SWCD Tim Ruzek 507-434-2603, ext. 5
Murray County Environmental Services Sarah Soderholm 507-836-1165
Nicollet County NRCS (EQIP Program*) April Sullivan 507-237-5435, ext. 3
Nicollet SWCD  Blake Honetschlager 507-232-2550
Nobles County Public Works Department Mark Koster 507-295-5322
Norman County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-784-2752, ext. 3
Norman SWCD  Mark Christianson, Lori Thronson 218-584-5169
Olmsted County, City of Rochester Public Utilities Todd Osweiler 507-280-1589
Olmsted County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Mike Muzzy 507-405-3684
Olmsted SWCD (Cost Share and AgBMP Loan Program) Skip Langer 507-328-7070
East Otter Tail SWCD Darren Newville 218-346-9105
West Otter Tail County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Penny Doty 218-739-4694, ext. 3239
West Otter Tail SWCD Brad Mergens 218-998-5300
Pennington County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Luther Newton 218-681-1612, ext. 3
Pennington SWCD  Bryan Malone 218-683-7075
Pine SWCD Kris Larson 320-216-4242
Pipestone SWCD Kyle Krier 507-825-1185
East Polk County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Jenny Burrack 218-563-2475, ext. 3
East Polk SWCD Kelsey Hedlund 218-563-2777
West Polk County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-281-1445, ext. 3
West Polk SWCD  Nicole Bernd 218-281-6070, ext. 122
Pope SWCD Holly Kovarik 320-634-5327
Ramsey County SWCD Branden Block 651-266-7278
Ramsey County, Capitol Region Watershed District*** Andrew Novak 651-644-8888
Ramsey County, City of North St. Paul Cynthia Govan 651-747-2441
Ramsey County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Michelle Wohlers 651-463-8665, ext. 3
Red Lake County NRCS Luther Newton 218-681-1612, ext. 3
Red Lake SWCD Tanya Hanson 218-253-2593
Redwood County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Shannon Gegner 507-637-2427, ext. 3
Redwood SWCD Brian Pfarr 507-637-2427, ext. 3
Renville County Environmental Services (AgBMP Loan Program) Diane Mitchell 320-523-3760
Renville SWCD Cody Dale 320-523-1550, ext. 3
Rice County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 507-332-7418, ext. 3
Rice SWCD SWCD Staff 507-332-5408
Rock County Land Management Lynette Jauert, Mary Thompson 507-283-8862
Roseau County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-463-1862, ext. 3
Roseau SWCD Janine Lovold, Scott Johnson 218-463-1903
North St. Louis County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-741-3937, ext. 3
North St. Louis SWCD  Phil Norvitch 218-741-7287
South St. Louis County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 218-720-5209, ext. 3
South St. Louis SWCD  SWCD Staff 218-723-4867
Scott SWCD Sarah Cotton 952-492-5448
Sherburne County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Julie Reberg 763-567-5367
Sherburne SWCD Francine Larson 763-220-3434
Sibley County NRCS (EQIP Program*) April Sullivan 507-237-5435, ext. 3
Sibley SWCD  Joel Wurscher 507-702-7077
Stearns County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 320-251-7800, ext. 3
Stearns SWCD  SWCD Staff 320-251-7800, ext. 3
Steele County Planning and Zoning Katie Barden 507-444-7487
Steele County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 507-451-6730, ext. 3
Stevens SWCD Matt Solemsaas 320-589-4886, ext. 112
Swift County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Rick Gronseth 320-842-7201, ext. 3
Swift SWCD  Andy Albertsen 320-842-7201, ext. 3
Todd County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Russell Kleinschmidt 320-732-6618, ext. 3
Todd SWCD Sarah Katterhagen 320-732-2644
Traverse County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Chris Hogge 320-563-8218, ext. 109
Traverse SWCD Sara Gronfeld 320-563-8218, ext. 108
Wabasha County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Phillis Brey 651-565-3345, ext. 108
Wabasha SWCD (Cost Share and AgBMP Loan Program) Terri Peters 651-565-3345, ext. 102
Wadena County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Ivan Reinke 218-631-3195, ext. 3
Wadena SWCD  Anne Oldakowski 218-632-4201
Waseca County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Reginald Liddell 507-835-4800, ext. 3
Washington County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Michelle Wohlers 651-463-8665, ext. 3
Washington County Public Health and Environment County Staff 651-430-6655
Watonwan County NRCS (EQIP Program*) NRCS Staff 507-375-3104, ext. 3
Watonwan SWCD Heidi Rudolph 507-375-2517
Wilkin SWCD  Craig Lingen 218-643-2933, ext. 3
Winona County Ross Dunsmoor 507-457-6522
Winona County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Sue Glende 507-523-2171, ext. 102
Winona SWCD (AgBMP and State Cost-Share Program**) Wanda Anderson, Daryl Buck 507-523-2171, ext. 101, 112
Wright County NRCS (EQIP Program*) Julie Reberg 763-682-1933, ext. 3
Wright County Planning and Zoning (AgBMP Loan Program) Bill Stephens 763-682-7338
Wright SWCD  Eric Mattson 763-682-1970
Yellow Medicine County Zoning Office Jolene Johnson 320-669-7524
           

*        The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a financial and technical assistance program available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program is primarily intended for rural and agricultural properties. The program is limited to agricultural producers, who are property owners who raise food or fiber on the property. Depending on the county, well sealing (called "well decommissioning" in EQIP) is eligible by itself for financial assistance or is eligible if submitted with other conservation practices. Contact the local office of the NRCS in your county for details.

**     Ramsey County, Capitol Region Watershed District includes parts of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville, and St. Paul. The address of the property with the well must be in the district.

Note: Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) have a state cost-share program to promote natural resource conservation practices in the county. This program is primarily intended for rural and agricultural properties. These funds can now be used for well sealing. Each SWCD manages its own program. Contact the local office of the SWCD in your county for details.

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Contact the MDH Well Management Section
651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808
health.wells@state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Wednesday, 13-Nov-2019 14:00:02 CST