Abandoned Well Program

Project Purpose

The Clay County Abandoned Well Project accepts abandoned, unused wells in the program on a priority basis. Once the status of your well (type and location) has been determined by the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), it may be possible for the well to be sealed with cost-share funding.


A signed agreement must be on file with the SWCD prior to sealing the well.

Receive Cost-Share Funds

To receive cost-share funds, the following steps must be followed:

  • Contact the SWCD Office at 218-287-2255
  • An agreement / cost-share form will be completed and this needs to be signed by you

When the signed agreement has been received by our office and you have been approved by the SWCD Board, you will receive notice from the SWCD that you may proceed with getting your abandoned well sealed.

Property Owner Steps

The property owner needs to follow the steps below:

  • Contact a licensed well driller to proceed with getting the abandoned well sealed. You might want to contact 2 licensed well drillers for estimates - but it is not a requirement for us.
  • A contractor may begin well sealing procedures anytime after the SWCD receives your contract and you have been approved. Please try to complete the job as soon as possible after approval.
  • After your well(s) has been sealed, you must submit total payment of the bill to your contractor. You must then submit to the Clay SWCD Office:
    • Copy of the paid receipt
    • Copy of the Well Driller's well sealing record


The cost-share payment per well will be 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $500 per well. The fuel-surcharge and permit charge are not a covered cost. Please consult your Yellow Pages under "Well Drilling" for a list of certified well sealers. The drillers must be certified in Minnesota.