Sunday , 28 May 2017

DNR’S CATHY STEPP SAYS A LAW ON WATER USE WOULD HELP

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said the agency could be taken out of the middle of the state’s battle over well water if the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker were to enact a law this session on high-capacity wells. Elected officials have been unable to agree on how to regulate the contentious issue. The agriculture and food-processing industries have demanded more water, but in some areas lakes and streams have dried up, raising the ire of waterfront property owners and conservationists. For years, the issue has been the DNR’s legal authority to consider the cumulative impact of all high-capacity wells that affect an area’s aquifer when deciding on a new well permit. In June, an attorney general’s opinion prompted the DNR to start issuing permits without taking cumulative impact into account and without imposing water monitoring requirements on well operators. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/dnr-s-cathy-stepp-says-a-law-on-water-use/article_8b799faf-92b8-55eb-a907-89ef56f263cb.html

 

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