Spatial data standards for remediation programs

Spatial data consist of coordinates (geographic or projected) that represent the physical location of a site or a site feature along with metadata that describe how and by whom those coordinates were collected. Spatial data collection and reporting for program-specific site locations and features is required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) remediation programs (Superfund, VIC, RCRA Clean-up, Site Assessment, Petroleum, Closed Landfill, and Emergency Response).

Spatial data submitted to MPCA remediation programs must include the following:

  • MPCA site ID
  • site name
  • point description
  • collection method
  • collection date
  • organization name
  • organization type
  • geographic (latitude/longitude) or projected coordinates (UTM).

A site location point must be one of the following: center of site, main/front building or main/front gate. A feature location point represents the location of specific site features such as wells, borings, and other sample or measurement locations.

Reporting spatial data

For reporting spatial data to the MPCA for sites in Superfund and Emergency Response Section, use the following guidance and spreadsheet form:

For sites in the Petroleum Remediation Program or Petroleum Brownfields Program:

Information and assistance

If you need more information or assistance with collecting spatial data for a remediation site, please contact the appropriate Remediation Program contact: