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Groundwater war pits Wisconsin farms against fish

Groundwater war pits Wisconsin farms against fish

In a state with about 15,000 lakes and more than a quadrillion gallons of groundwater, it’s hard to believe that water could ever be in short supply, but in Wisconsin’s Central Sands, the expansion of high-capacity wells is drawing down groundwater and the water levels in lakes and streams. Officials at DNR say that legally, they cannot block new wells based on the impacts from existing wells, and a new law suggests that lawmakers want to keep it that way.

Groundwater war pits Wisconsin farms against fish

“Long Lake was once a trophy bass lake. So when we moved here, in the first two years, my boys were catching bass like crazy,” said Brian Wolf, who owns a cabin on Long Lake. “It was like catching fish in a barrel as the water declined.”

Saving the ‘endangered’ Little Plover River

Project: Wisconsin’s groundwater
Check out the project page for more coverage of the concerns about high-capacity wells’ impact in the Central Sands, including more photos, maps, and audio-slideshows.
Water Watch Wisconsin
This story is part of major new project, Water Watch Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television are examining the [...]

Center’s eviction now  in Walker’s court

Center’s eviction now in Walker’s court

The Center’s eviction is now in Walker’s court. Both houses of the state Legislature have declined to ax a state budget provision that would evict the Center from the University of Wisconsin and bar UW employees from working with it as part of their duties.

Center responds to JFC lawmakers early morning eviction vote

A summary of what happened, news coverage and the Center’s response to Motion 999, the budget provision evicting the Center from the University of Wisconsin.

Bailout or bonus?

Bailout or bonus?

With budgets tight, Wisconsin state parks are increasingly relying on donated time and money from volunteer groups known as Friends of the Wisconsin State Parks.

‘Crown jewels’ sustain state parks

‘Crown jewels’ sustain state parks

A small number of popular Wisconsin state parks are subsidizing dozens of money-losing properties across the parks and recreation system.

Campgrounds getting more electric

Campgrounds getting more electric

This summer, Wisconsin’s state park campgrounds will complete the largest expansion of electric sites in decades — a response to growing demands from campers and to economic pressures.

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