2.5.6 Groundwater

The HHPLS identified the infiltration potential of the upland areas within the subwatershed as generally medium, with the areas of loamy clay soils classified as low potential. Because of the organic nature of the soils in the wetland areas, in general infiltration potential there is variable (see Figure 16). The Carver County Water Resource Management Plan classifies the groundwater resources of most of the western subwatershed area as being of medium to low sensitivity to pollution, and the major wetland areas on the north and in the south as being highly sensitive (see Figure 17).

A City of Victoria public well is located just inside the border of the Schutz Lake subwatershed, but the Minnesota Department of Health has not yet designated a Drinking Water Sensitivity Management Area for it. The County Well Index has records of about 50 active private, shallow wells within the subwatershed.