Wellhead Protection

Managing Potential Sources of Contamination

The overall goal of Cottage Grove's Wellhead Protection Plan is maintain a clean and abundant supply of water for its residents. One method to achieve this is to educate residents of the importance of protecting the community's water supply.

As part of the Part 2 Wellhead Protection Plan, parcels of land with large quantities of potentially hazardous contamination sources were identified. An example is a business with a storage tank containing gasoline, such as a local gas station, or a business that generates hazardous wastes. Cottage Grove plans on surveying these properties and providing educational materials to these land owners to help ensure that any hazardous substances are properly stored and handled.

Wellhead protection is not just limited to these types of properties, however. All residents should be aware of substances or structures on their properties that may adversely impact the aquifer. The following is a list of some items that homeowners should be aware of:

Groundwater Wells

Class V Injection Wells

Individual Sewage Treatment Systems (aka Septic Systems)

Household Hazardous Wastes

Lawn Chemicals and Fertilizers