Source Water Protection

The Source Water Protection Program strives to meet several goals:

  • 1. Prevent contamination of public water supplies;
  • 2. Encourage the placement of certain activities in areas less likely to contaminate public water supplies;
  • 3. Raise public awareness of water resources used for public water supplies.

Mandatory Program Elements - completed for the public water system:

1. The source water protection area delineation is based on existing hydrologic and geologic information collected by state and federal agencies, the public water system, water well contractors, and consultants.
2. Contaminant Source Inventory: The inventory identifies the presence and location of sources or activities within the protection area that may contaminate groundwater or surface water.
3. Susceptibility Analysis: The analysis determines the susceptibility of the public water system wells or intakes to contamination by sources inventoried within the protection area.

Voluntary Program Elements - pursued voluntarily by the public water system:

1. Development of Management Strategies: Management strategies are actions the governing body of the public water system may pursue to protect groundwater or surface water within the protection area. Management strategies may involve the use of ordinances, zoning restrictions, or permitting requirements where the governing body has authority. Land acquisition in the protection area may be an option in cases where the governing body is lacking authority for ordinances or zoning.
2. Development of Contingency Plans: Contingency planning will help the public water system respond to interruptions in water supply. For example, how will you respond if a well or well field becomes unusable because of contamination, drought, or mechanical failure? How will you respond if a contaminant release occurs near a surface water intake?
3. Public Awareness: The public water system will benefit from efforts to inform the public of source water protection. An informed public is less likely to conduct activities in the protection area that may threaten the safety of its water supply.
4. New Wells: New wells should be located in areas that will maximize yield but also minimize potential contamination of source water. The completion of a preliminary wellhead protection area delineation and source inventory is therefore desirable prior to the installation of new wells.

Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
Brazil Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
Dahl Lane WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5222
Delzer Alexis WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5282
DeVries Taylor WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
Galloway Noah ngalloway WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5253
Gleich Casey WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
Hanson Lawrence WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5291
Haroldson Marty WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
Harrison Kylee WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5187
Houle Brian WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5193
Joynt Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5239
Kaiser Don WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
Kritzberger Ryan WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-9035
Kruske Montana WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5172
Lachenmeier Emilee WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5240
Malchose Jordan WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5289
McCauley Jenna WQ Watershed Management
Miller Meridith WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5166
Nelson Amber Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
Rockeman Karl Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
Schick McKenzie WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
Schiwal Alyssa WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5159
Schuett Patrick WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
Stockdill Scott WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
Wallery Paige WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5243
Wax Peter WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
Wert Joshua WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214
Woutat Tanner WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233
Yaukey Hunter WQ Watershed Management
Zittleman Julianna WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5285