JFC allows DNR to permit high capacity wells and excessive groundwater pumping despite harm to rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes

I regret that I must share more news of codified disregard for Wisconsin’s environment.

From the facebook page Friends of the Central Sands

Posted late 5/21/2013

“This is very shameful! We learned tonight that although the Joint Finance Committee today restored most funding for county conservation departments, they also voted 12 – 4 to allow the DNR to permit high capacity wells and excessive groundwater pumping despite harm to rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes. This is a frontal assault on the citizens and guests of WI. This affectively removes any burden from the DNR to protect our water and provides for the unfettered use by industry of these resources.
We cannot let this stand!”

High capacity wells are used to assist frac sand, concrete, gravel, dairy, wastewater, and municipal water industries in Wisconsin as well as a variety of ag. industries. Over a decade ago, a coalition of citizen and environmental groups fought off a Nestle-Perrier plan to drill a high capacity well in Adams County, Wisconsin. Due to the blowback, Nestle put that well in Michigan.

According to the Friends of the Little Plover River, a high capacity well, “is one that has the capacity to pump more than 100,000 gallons of water per day–or any well that is part of a parcel where total pumping is permitted for more than 100,000 gallons per day. The growth of high capacity wells for agricultural irrigation and municipal water supply in the Central Sands region has been phenominal. The number of high capacity wells in the Central Sands Area has increased from fewer than 100 in the early 1960s to more than 3200 wells today!”

high capacity wells map central sands wisconsin

MAP ABOVE: High Capacity Well Locations in the 2000’s–399 added, 2,977 cumulative
– from the Friends of the Little Plover River web site called “DNR Drinking Water System: High Capacity Wells”.

NOTE: You can look up high capacity wells in your own Wisconsin County at this DNR site

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