Free nitrate testing for wells available in May

On behalf of the Morrison County Local Water Plan, the Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will once again be conducting free nitrate testing of well water. A week-long clinic will be offered Monday – Friday, May 6 – 10. Testing hours will be from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday.

Landowners may bring in as many samples as they want and will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire on well construction, location, depth, etc. Samples should be in clean jars or Ziploc bags. Only two – three ounces is needed.

In the past number of years, approximately 15 – 17 percent of wells tested in Morrison County exceeded the acceptable nitrate standard. Much of the nitrate in the environment comes from decomposition of plants and animal wastes. People also add nitrate to the environment in the form of fertilizers. Nitrate is the most common pollutant found in rural wells in Morrison County.

This service is free and the SWCD encourages all landowners with wells to mark their calendars and take advantage of this free clinic. For more information, call (320) 616-2479.

The SWCD office is located north of Little Falls at 16776 Heron Road, in the U.S. Department of Agriculture county office building, east of County Road 76.