The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the lead agency for response to, and cleanup of agricultural chemical contamination in Minnesota. Because of this role MDA has tracked spills of agricultural chemicals and sites contaminated with agricultural chemicals since the late 1970's. For the purpose of mapping these incidents MDA has categorized them into three categories 1. Old Emergencies, 2. Small Spills and Investigations, and 3. Investigations Boundaries. MDA has also made available information relating to any investigations that have been closed with contingencies attached to them.
Facility Investigations are further subdivided into the following program areas:
Contingencies: These polygons represent areas with a soil or ground water contingency or restriction. For specific information about the types of contingencies we have used, see The MDA IRU Incident Case File Closure Documentation (PDF: 27 KB / 3 pages). The area included in the contingency is displayed here. Review the "Contingency Document" (there is a link to these PDF files available after you do an Identify) for the area and the Case File, to get specific information about the contingency. See Metadata.
In the future, we plan to add additional search capabilities to the site and we are in the process of adding polygon data for approximately 550 Abandoned Ag-Chem facilities, which were inventoried in 2004. If you have questions or comments regarding the data or the mapping application, please contact Gary Elsner at email@example.com or 651-201-6268.
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: 213 KB / 2 pages)
This data set includes all of the spill points and polygons on our map, along with a metadata file for information on what is contained in the data. The shapefile download includes files which can be used to display information on a map. You need Geographic Information System (GIS) software in order to use the shapefile to make maps or perform other geographic-based functions.
Looking for additional water data and information? Check out the Key Water Information Catalogue.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org