Concerns about high-capacity wells, pollution prompt central Wisconsin residents into action

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The issuance of two 2016 DNR permits for high-capacity wells on dairy farms near Pleasant Lake posed imminent threats to the lake’s water level and even the lake itself. That’s why owners of lakeside and other nearby properties decided to purchase and conserve 105 acres and challenge the DNR permits in court. > Wisconsin Gazette

DNR challenges court decision to revoke high-capacity well permits

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A court order to revoke eight high-capacity well permits, based on a suit by Clean Wisconsin, is being appealed by the DNR. Clean Wisconsin claimed the DNR is constitutionally responsible to evaluate the impacts of high capacity wells on the nearby waterways because the wells lower water levels of streams and lakes. > The Pointer

DNR appeals to reinstate high-capacity pumping from vulnerable aquifers

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has gone to court to reinstate high-capacity well permits that its own experts said would harm vulnerable lakes, streams and drinking water. > Wisconsin State Journal

Judge throws out industrial well permits scientists said would harm public waters

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A Dane County judge has thrown out eight high-capacity well permits the state granted to businesses despite warnings from its own scientists that the heavy water withdrawals would harm vulnerable lakes, streams and drinking water supplies. > Wisconsin State Journal

State scores dairy trifecta — but Wisconsin farmers and residents don’t win

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Among the “wins” Wisconsin officials count in the state dairy industry are increased milk production, a perfect string of new CAFO approvals (concentrated animal feeding operations, or “factory farms”), and a doubling of high-capacity wells. But a Kewaunee County Board supervisor asks the farmers if they call these wins. > The Cap Times

Assembly passes plan to help owners of contaminated wells

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The Assembly has approved a plan to help replace contaminated wells in places like Kewaunee County, where up to 60 percent of wells contain fecal microbes. The proposal would let municipalities offer low- or no-interest loans to fix or replace wells or septic systems, and increase funding for a replacement grant program. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker signs bill easing high-capacity well regulations

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Gov. Walker signed a bill Thursday relaxing regulations on high-capacity wells used by vegetable growers, dairies, and other large businesses. State Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) says the action “privatizes” water, and environmental critics say the wells can lower levels of bodies of water around the state. > Wisconsin Public Radio