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Regulating the 'Occult' Movement of Groundwater

We have now reached a point where surface water and groundwater regulation may have finally begun to converge. These regulatory changes brought on by the DNR's May 2021 report on surface water drawdowns (i.e. disappearing lakes) due to groundwater irrigation can affect water users in the Central Sands Region of Wisconsin and beyond. 

The lack of integration between the groundwater-use-approval process and the surface-water-use-approval process has led to dilemmas like the one in the Central Sands Region. The result is that different types of regulation apply to different water withdrawals, depending on the water source, the intended use, the effect of the use on other waters of the state, and the amount of water withdrawn.


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