Yellow Medicine County has received an $8,500 grant to provide landowners cost share to seal abandoned wells. This grant was made available through the Clean Water Fund, as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Clean Water Fund was established for the purpose of protecting, enhancing and restoring water quality in lakes, rivers and streams and to protect groundwater and drinking water sources from degradation.
A well that is not in use - or sometimes referred to as an abandoned well - can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment. These wells can be a source of groundwater contamination, potentially affecting nearby drinking water wells.
Wells located on abandoned building sites are a hazard not only to the groundwater but as they become overgrown with vegetation, they also become a safety hazard. If you are going to be demolishing an old building site, all wells on the site must be properly sealed prior to demolition.
If you have a well that needs sealing, and you would like to receive cost share, at a rate of 50%, not to exceed $400 per well, please contact the Yellow Medicine County Zoning Office at 320-669-7524 to obtain an application form. Wells sealed prior to signing a contract are not eligible for cost share.