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The Blue Earth County Property & Environmental Resources Department is once again administering a well sealing cost-share program in 2021. This marks the 31st consecutive year that we have administered a well sealing program. This program assists property owners with the costs to have old, unused wells properly sealed by a licensed contractor. All private, unsealed wells which have been replaced prior to 1989 are eligible for this program. Some years there are other sources of well sealing funding available from other agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Blue Earth County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). To find out more about the County eligibility requirements, the amount of County funding available, how to obtain a County cost-share application, or to find out about other possible sources of funding, please contact Tim Grant at 507-304-4251.
When property changes ownership, the seller of the property is required to disclose to the buyer, the presence and status of ALL (in-use, not-in-use, or properly sealed) water wells located on the property. This document is required by State Law to be submitted to the Property & Environmental Resources Department - Customer Services & Records Division at the time of recording. If wells are not properly disclosed, the buyer has up to six (6) years to initiate civil action to recover the costs (including attorney’s fees) for properly sealing unused wells not properly identified on the disclosure. If the well status has not changed since the last well disclosure was filed, a new disclosure is not required.