Wisconsin Lakes Action Alert (September 21, 2013)
New bill would prevent reasonable restrictions on high capacity wells.
How many times does it have to be said? If too many mouths are drinking from too many straws, a glass of water runs empty awfully fast. As many folks in the Central Sands of Wisconsin can tell you, that’s exactly what’s happening as an ever-increasing number of high capacity wells suck up the groundwater that many of our lakes, not to mention our rural property owners and farmers, depend upon.
Now a new bill, SB302, would rollback the state’s groundwater protection by restricting the ability of DNR to regulate wells old and new, possibly even in cases where there is clear evidence that the well will have a negative impact.
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Katelin and I were monitoring the St. Croix from the dam in St. Croix Falls to just south of Spangler’s picnic area today. There was Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) dotted everywhere in the littoral zone in depths ranging from 5’ to 1.5’ in depth. I wouldn’t say there are any “beds” per se but it will be one heck of a task to hand pull.
By the extent of the coverage I would say that EWM has been established for quite some time. I think we have a GPS point of the northern most area and took many readings going south to the dam. I’ve attached a photo and a map (didn’t have time to hit the Minnesota side although I am sure it in the bay-like areas) and I will press and mount specimens for the herbarium, right now on the WI surface water data viewer it appears that it is not documented as of yet.
Water Quality Specialist
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Land & Water Resources Department
Polk County Wisconsin
100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 120
Balsam Lake, WI 54810