Why protect groundwater?
Most people and communities in Wisconsin rely on groundwater as their main source of drinking water. Much of Wisconsin’s land is porous, especially areas of karst soil (which is kind of like swiss cheese running in a swath through the center of the state and across the top of the Milwaukee River Basin), so the groundwater is vulnerable to harmful substances like manure that are spread on top of it and seep into it from the soil. These are major concerns for those who rely on groundwater for drinking, as manure contains bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, which are harmful when consumed and can cause ear/respiratory infections or skin rashes. Certain areas of the State, such as Kewaunee County, have up to 30% of wells failing health criteria for safe drinking water.
LRB 1901/2 protects groundwater by targeting and managing areas that are at a greater risk of contamination such as Kewaunee County and establishes practices that keep groundwater clean and manure-free. This bill also gives the DNR the authority to enforce these practices and hold violators accountable for failure to follow the law by citing and fining them.
Take Action Now!
Take action now to protect our groundwater and support the need for established practices that hold violators accountable. Clean drinking water is our right! This bill is currently circulating in the capitol for co-sponsorship and needs support.
Call or write to your legislators and tell them to support LRB 1901/2 and the management of groundwater susceptible to manure. You can find your legislators here.