Groundwater Program


Groundwater is an essential resource.  Its many uses include agricultural, industrial and domestic, including drinking water. The quality of groundwater is important as it may have an effect on a particular use.  There are many factors that can affect the groundwater quality such as the geology or human activities.    

To better understand groundwater on the reservation, the KBIC conducted surveys divided by each watershed.  From 1999 to 2006 NRD staff completed these surveys.  Groundwater is evaluated for contamination by nitrate, Coliform, and other parameters.

This evaluation includes the following:

  1. sampling and testing of well water,     

  2. sanitary surveys of well and onsite wastewater treatment systems,

  3. homeowner survey forms to identify potential sources of pollution.

Though our initial study is complete, we continue to study groundwater through residential well sampling that is currently available to eligible tribal members.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Tribal Member Residence
  • Water supplied by an individual well
  • Reside within Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette or Ontonagon County


For more information about groundwater testing, contact Water Resources Specialist, Stephanie Cree at (906) 524-8701.