The Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources does important groundwater research, and now a new web-based app gives the public the ability to submit reports on the location of springs in Minnesota.

According to the DNR, reported springs will be loaded into the database and then verified by their staff. The contact information users enter will help with confirmation, allow the DNR to seek permission for access to verify reports, and notify people when the spring they reported is on the map.

Spring location and reporting is important because springs create and sustain vital ecosystems and protect the environment from invasive species.  Furthermore, land stability and building integrity depend on knowing where springs are located.

To get the app, just visit your app store and search for “Minnesota DNR Spring Inventory.”  You can also submit an entry by clicking the link below.