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Identifying a Framework for Safeguarding Water Quality and Development Related to St, Lawrence Edge Conditions

This project was sponsored by Hiawatha Valley Partnership with financial assistance by UM SE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership: The Experiment in Rural Cooperation.

The purpose of this study is to examine available spatial data related to the St. Lawrence Formation to determine its relationship to water quality and safety for the built environment.

The recent past has seen a significant increase in development throughout east-central and southeast Minnesota as people move out from the Twin Cities metropolitan area seeking the scenic beauty and rural lifestyle of the region. Changes to rural residential and urban land use place greater pressure on natural system functions, in particular, the protection of water quality. Without careful guidance, these land use changes can also introduce housing into areas unsuitable for structures leading to problems such as wet basements.

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