Groundwater Sampling Program

The Sheridan County Conservation District announces a new ground water sampling program due to rural water users expressing concern about the potential effects on water supply from oil development.  Water users voiced concerns about chemical storage, production water disposal, frac water injection, waste management accidents at well-heads or injection pits, accidents and/or spills during chemical and product transportation and large withdrawals of ground water.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and Montana Salinity Control Association (MSCA) are assisting the conservation district with this program to establish a baseline of current conditions where water quality is potable or usable and to identify wells that may have oil and gas development impacts.  

Each well selected in this program will be evaluated on-site for field parameters and water availability. Well samples will be analyzed for drinking water quality and for indicators of contamination specific to energy development activities.

Well sampling and lab fees total approximately $1,200 per well, but a DNRC grant covers most of the expense so  Sheridan County residents can participate in this program for $100.00  A signed participation agreement from the well owner is also required.

If you are interested in participating in this ground water sampling program, please contact Melissa Opsahl, Administrator for the Sheridan County Conservation District at 406-765-1801 or email to begin the sign-up process.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurie Lohrer on October 5, 2014 at 11:45

    Melissa: How many landowners signed up for tests?


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