The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the lead agency for response to, and cleanup of agricultural chemical contamination in Minnesota. Because of this role the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has tracked spills of agricultural chemicals and sites contaminated with agricultural chemicals since the late 1970's. The data in this collection contains information on known and potential sources of agricultural chemical soil and ground water contamination. For the purpose of mapping these incidents MDA has categorized them into three categories 1. Old Emergencies, 2. Small Spills and Investigations, and 3. Incident Investigations Boundaries. Additionally, investigations that have been closed with contingencies attached to them are categorized as Contingency Areas.
Incident Investigations are further subdivided into the following program areas:
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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Incident Response Unit, is the regulatory authority all Agricultural Chemical (Ag-Chem) Incidents in Minnesota. To find information about incidents in your area, you need to look at the following sources of information. For additional information read the "What's In My Neighborhood? - Agricultural" brochure (PDF: 416 KB / 2 pages)
The agricultural incident data are available on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. The Minnesota Geospatial Commons (the Commons) is a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources in Minnesota. The agricultural incident data are available in Shapefile or Esri Geodatabase format. The data bundles include all of the spill points and polygons on the web map, along with full metadata files for each layer. You need Geographic Information System (GIS) software in order to use the data to make maps or perform other geographic-based functions.
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