On March 28, a Senate Committee will vote on a groundwater bill that would effectively allow high capacity well owners to perpetually pump under the terms of their permit, regardless of their impact on surface waters or other users. What’s worse, the committee will use a “paper ballot” process that precludes amendments or even debate on the bill. Wisconsin Lakes thinks that’s a bad idea – read more for our analysis.
Wisconsin Lakes is opposed to a bill that would allow for high capacity well permits to never be reviewed, creating a virtual right to withdraw water (the bill is up for a public hearing on March 15). But there’s a way the bill can be fixed, and still provide more certainty for high cap well users hoping to maintain or sell a well.