Metadata: DNR Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring Locations

DNR Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring Locations

This page last updated: 05/02/2022
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Title: DNR Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring Locations

Abstract: Minnesota DNR Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring locations extracted from KISTER'S Water Information Systems (WISKI) time series database. The locations mirror the available data on the MNDNR's Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring website:

Purpose: To provide locations and a summary of the associated data of stations apart of the Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring Network.

Time Period of Content Date: 02/27/2024

Currentness Reference: Time Period of Content Date indicates when dataset was last updated.

Progress: Planned

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Continually

Spatial Extent of Data: Minnesota

Bounding Coordinates: -97.23

Place Keywords: Minnesota

Theme Keywords: Groundwater, Permit required monitoring, Wells, Obwell.

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: None

Contact Person Information: Cooperative Stream Gaging, GIS Data Contact
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy:

Logical Consistency:


Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Vertical Positional Accuracy:


Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum:

Vertical Units:

Depth Datum:

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: Overview: For additional attribute information, view the data dictionary

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
DNR Cooperative Ground Water Monitoring Locations - Feature Table
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
The station identifier in the Wiski Database.
Station name.
UTM Easting coordinate.
UTM Northing coordinate.
Latitude coordinate in NAD 1983.
Longtitude coordinate in NAD 1983.
Type of hydrologic monitoring station. Stations can have multiple characteristics and are combined by a ;. See station characteristics list on the Appendix tab.
County name in which the station is located.
Code associated to the county in which the station is located.
State personnel responsible for maintaining station.
USGS ID for station
Permit number associated with the station.
DNR Well ID number. First 2 digits are county codes, last 3 digits are sequentially ordered wells by time.
1: DNR Observation wells: A monitoring well which is used for measuring groundwater level. In most instances, these wells are dedicated to monitoring long-term, background groundwater levels in an aquifer and are a part of the DNR’s statewide Observation Well Network. Typically these wells are not used for pumping, irrigation, or other activities that will dramatically affect water levels. Data collection methods are standardized and data quality is controlled and assured. 2. Wetland piezometers: Hand driven observation wells with casings of 1.25 to 2 inch diameter, no deeper than 15 feet below land surface or 10 feet into mineral soil, for the purpose of measuring water levels in and below unstable soils (e.g. peat, muck). 3.Permit related well: Well for the purposes of groundwater appropriations or a well monitoring groundwater appropriations for a permit. Data collection methods and quality vary. 4: Other unclassified category wells: Well that is not defined by the descriptions above, or may be a well designated for a special project.
Read status will have information on either the readability of the well, whether it is being read, and in some rare cases, who is doing the reading such as a well being read by a volunteer. Read status: Yes, No, Sealed, YRT = Instant Measurements, YVOL (Volunteer), YVW (Vibe Wire), Missing.
Aquifer(s) that the well is open to. If well is open to multiple aquifers, then there will be two different aquifer codes. For example, CTCGCMTS is a well that is open from the CTCG aquifer (Tunnel City Aquifer) to the CMTS aquifer (Mt. Simon Aquifer), hence a multi-aquifer well. For aquifer codes refer to Appendix Tab.
Name of aquifer.
Type of aquifer being measured.
Aquifer code.
Date well was completed.
Depth of well in feet. Equals case depth + screen below ground.
Diameter of well pipe in inches.
Length of well screen in feet from bottom of casing.
The depth of the casing (in feet) below ground.
A casing is a solid or slotted length of pipe, typically steel or PVC plastic that is used to keep a bore open in alluvial sediments, sand dunes or unstable rock. (C = Concrete, I = Iron, P = Plastic, S = Steel, U = Unknown, W = Wood).
Used to specify a group of wells that are right next to each other.
Organizations associated with the station, multiples separated by a ;.
Date of first field visit.
Date of most recent field visit.
Survey date of Measure point value.
Surveyed elevation of the point in which the well is measured from.
Unique station identifier. This ID is the same as the Station_id without the leading letter.
Url to the cooperative stream gaging or cooperative ground water monitoring websites
Binary variable: 0 for no provisional data. 1 for has provisional data.
Binary variable: 0 for no approved data. 1 for has approved data.

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Publication Date: 05/14/2021

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - GIS
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: env_wiski_groundwater_monitoring

Distribution Liability: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online:

Ordering Instructions: Please visit the download page for this dataset on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons website using the web link below (Online Linkage).

Online Linkage: I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process, link to a service, or provide more instructions. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 05/02/2022

Contact Person Information: Carrie Robertson, Database Hydrologist
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
325 Randolph Ave, Suite 500
Saint Paul, MN  55102
Phone: 651-539-2116

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 05/02/2022
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