The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) invests millions of dollars each year into running and improving the Wellhead Protection program. This money goes toward maintaining and improving the program, supporting staff that can provide technical assistance to public water supplies engaged in source water protection planning, and providing direct financial assistance to communities to implement their plans.
The Minnesota FY2018-2019 Proposed Biennial Operating Budget recommends Clean Water Fund allocations of approximately $2.5 million and $3 million for source water protection activities in FY2018 and FY2019, respectively. Of the requested appropriation, $617,000 in FY2018 and $950,000 in FY2019 are for grants to local public water systems to advance source water protection efforts. This report also stresses the need to expand the program to have greater inclusion of communities who rely on surface water systems. Additional funding for source water protection also comes from State Government Special Revenue and federal allocations from the Safe Drinking Water Act.