Has the Central Sands turned a corner on historic rainfalls that have persisted for the better part of a decade? In 2020, Hancock came out just a little drier than … Continue reading Did 2020 Mark a Break from Record Rains, High Water in the Central Sands?
How Wet Was 2019?
Like really, really wet! Wet enough to bring flooding, bank full streams, and high water even to some lakes badly lowered by high capacity well pumping. It’s been wet enough … Continue reading How Wet Was 2019?
Why No Progress on Wisconsin Central Sands Nitrate?
In agricultural parts of the Wisconsin Central Sands, 20-40% of drinking water wells commonly exceed the nitrate standard of 10 parts per million (as nitrate-nitrogen). In the recent news are … Continue reading Why No Progress on Wisconsin Central Sands Nitrate?
Welcome to WisWaterGuy!
Thanks for tuning into the WisWaterGuy site! It is the blog of George Kraft, Professor of Water Resources with UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension. This will be a venue for sharing ideas and news about Wisconsin’s waters, how we manage them, the challenges they have, and how we can improve them.
Wisconsin Senate Bill 76 on High Capacity Wells Introduced
The second groundwater pumping bill of the 2017-2018 legislative session, Senate Bill 76, has been introduced. Unlike the first bill (SB 22 / AB50), which sought to manage groundwater pumping … Continue reading Wisconsin Senate Bill 76 on High Capacity Wells Introduced
How We Know High Capacity Well Pumping is Drying Central Wisconsin Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands
A half-century of scientific work has predicted or observed that high capacity well pumping in the Wisconsin Central Sands lowers water levels in the aquifer, lakes, and wetlands as well … Continue reading How We Know High Capacity Well Pumping is Drying Central Wisconsin Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands
Blessed are the Water Stewards ….
I’ve been fortunate in my career and personal life to have worked with many stewards of our lakes and streams and wetlands. Not that Matthew (5:3-12) needs any kind of … Continue reading Blessed are the Water Stewards ….
Attorney General Opinion Would Roll Back Protections from High Capacity Wells
A legal opinion issued by Attorney General Brad Schimel (May 10 2016) would roll back protections for Wisconsin lakes, streams, and wetlands from the impacts of high capacity wells. Short-term, … Continue reading Attorney General Opinion Would Roll Back Protections from High Capacity Wells
A Turning Point or Just Another Study on the Heap?
April 12 was a big day on issues of groundwater pumping impact, as Dr. Ken Bradbury of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and Dr. Michael Fienen of the … Continue reading A Turning Point or Just Another Study on the Heap?
2015-16 Legislative Session Ending, No Action on Groundwater
The 2015-2016 Wisconsin legislative session is coming to a close without action changing groundwater pumping protections. One bill, SB 239 / AB 874, cleared the Senate on March 15, but with … Continue reading 2015-16 Legislative Session Ending, No Action on Groundwater