There is a bill before the Wisconsin Assembly which has the potential to affect the groundwater in the Central Sands of Wisconsin. As I understand Assembly Bill 874, approval will further erode the DNR’s ability to monitor pumping of groundwater from deep water wells. This leads to a potential to over-pump which could affect not only the lakes, streams and drinking water wells, but also the native landscaping in the area. The Central Sands area has many unique landscaping features from the pine and oak barrens to rare wetland communities to species endemic to Wisconsin. Although I love the desert (John and I spent nearly seven years of our early married life in southern New Mexico. One of the things I missed most was the green lushness of Wisconsin forests and farmlands.), I’m not sure Wisconsin needs a desert like they have in the Southwest. Unfortunately because of human nature, this bill may have the potential to take us there.
Find out more about the Central Sands area of Wisconsin hydrology.
Find out more about this Assembly Bill 874. The vote in the Assembly is tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th.
Contact your legislators and let them know what you think.