ACTION ALERT - We Need Your Help!
A bill (SB 76) that would make high capacity well permits permanent- with no additional review by DNR to repair, replace, or transfer a well has been introduced by Senator Fitzgerald and referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform. This is the same bill that didn't pass last session because the Senate and Assembly approved slightly different versions. CSWAC Opposes SB 76.
As you know, this bill allows the existing problem of disappearing lakes and rivers due to over pumping of groundwater to continue. This bill does nothing to fix the growing groundwater crisis in the state, including problems many property owners in the Central Sands are facing due to groundwater over-pumping.
Please call and email (it is helpful to call and then follow up with an email to reinforce your points) your Senator now to let them know you want a fair and balanced groundwater bill that protects both homeowners and agriculture's access to a sustainable water supply. Remember, adding your personal story about how over pumping of groundwater has or could impact you, your family, and/or your property values is extremely helpful.
High capacity well permits should not be permanent. No other entity in the state is granted a permanent permit or license. High capacity wells should not be treated any differently, they need to be periodically reviewed. Here are a few additional talking points you can use:
By permanently permitting high capacity wells, basically we are ensuring:
- SB 76 does not solve the growing water crisis in the state, it only locks down the a system that has led to the problem in the first place;
- SB 76 gives permanent wells to agriculture and industry and permanent problems to homeowners and around the state;
- Minimally, periodic review of high capacity wells by DNR needs to be added to SB 76 to protect our waters.
- Transferring the well permit at the time of property transfer without DNR review should be deleted entirely from this bill.
Note that the economic benefit from water-related tourism for Central Sands region (Adams, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara & Wood counties) for 2014 is estimated at
- more dry and/or contaminated private and municipal wells
- continued decline of surface water (lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands).
- continued decline of groundwater (wells will have to be drilled deeper and deeper)
- continued decline of lake property values
- continued decline of lake property taxes
- continued decline of tax money for schools and roads
If you'd like additional information please read:
We urge you to contact your State Senator TODAY and tell them you want a fair and balanced groundwater bill that protects both homeowners and agriculture's access to a sustainable water supply.
Start with your own Central Sands Senator.
If you have a second home, or different voting address please contact both Senators. It is important that legislators from around the state hear your message. If you are not sure who your legislator is, you can find out by clicking here. Enter your address on the right hand side under "Find My Legislator."
Then, contact the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform. This committee has been assigned SB 76. The committee members are: