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.
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
The San Joaquin at 400 miles is California’s second longest river. Born of Sierra Nevada Mountain snowmelt some 9800 feet above sea level, it flows southwesterly to the floor of … Continue reading San Joaquin River at Friant Dam; June 23, 2016
In August 2015, during the height of its historic drought, I took a self-guided tour of California’s San Francisco – Delta – Sacramento – lower San Joaquin Valley region, with … Continue reading Back to California – June 2016
A television commercial causes confusion with its claim “studies show vegetables use far less water than trees.” Is it so? No. Questions about trees and groundwater abound of late, mainly … Continue reading Do “Trees Really Use More Water than Irrigated Crops”?
The first of possibly several bills this legislative season affecting groundwater and high capacity wells was introduced on August 26 by sponsors Senators Gudex (R-Fond du Lac, Marklein (R-Spring Green), … Continue reading Bill Introduced to Ease High-Capacity Well Transfers and Replacement
I drove a loop in the Modesto area today to get sense of the San Joaquin (“SJ”) Valley, the southern half of the great California Central Valley. The SJ Valley … Continue reading Modesto – August 18, 2015
Deltas, I always thought, were river sediments deposited in oceans that pushed the continental shore out into the sea. Picture the Mississippi Delta extending into the Gulf of Mexico. The … Continue reading The Future of the California Delta, and What is Reconciliation Anyway?
Many California freshwater fish are hanging on by just the skin of their fins, it seems. This I learned from Dr. Jonathon Rosenfield, a fish conservation biologist with The Bay … Continue reading California Freshwater Fishes – First Impressions