For too long citizens throughout Wisconsin have voiced their concerns on the growing number of high capacity wells sucking our lakes, streams and aquifers dry. The Public Trust doctrine dictates that the waters of the state belong to all of us. The Wisconsin Constitution says the state must protect our water for all citizens. For this task we have entrusted our Department of Natural Resources.
“Opponents say the wells deplete groundwater, lower lakes and streams, and cause other environmental problems.
At issue is whether the state Department of Natural Resources has authority to consider the impact of all wells drawing groundwater from a given area instead of just the new well being proposed.
Another point of contention is whether the DNR can require installation of monitoring wells to see how high-capacity wells affect others, according to the request approved in a 5-3 party line vote Tuesday by the committee on assembly organization.”