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Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council Frequently Asked Questions

When was the GCC created?

In 1984, the Legislature enacted Wisconsin Act 410 to improve the management of the state’s groundwater. This act required establishment of a Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC) to be made up of representatives of state agencies with groundwater protection responsibilities.

What is the purpose of the GCC?

The GCC is directed by s. 160.50, Wis. Stats., to “serve as a means of increasing the efficiency and facilitating the effective functioning of state agencies in activities related to groundwater management.” The GCC “advises and assists state agencies in the coordination of nonregulatory programs and the exchange of information related to groundwater, including, but not limited to, agency budgets for groundwater programs, groundwater monitoring, data management, public information and education, laboratory analysis and facilities, research activities and the appropriation and allocation of state funds for research.”

Who are the members of the GCC?

The GCC consists of high-level administrators of all state agencies with some responsibility for groundwater management plus a Governor’s representative. The GCC also has five subcommittees to assist in its work. Additionally, the DNR has one permanent position with half-time responsibilities related to coordination of the GCC. See Members page for more information.

What does the GCC do?

The GCC meets quarterly to discuss issues of interest and make decisions regarding groundwater issues of concern. See Activities page for more information. The following is a sampling of groundwater related activities that the GCC facilitates:

  • The GCC coordinates a joint solicitation for groundwater research and monitoring proposals among four state agencies.
  • The GCC promotes efforts to enhance the utility of groundwater monitoring and research funded by the state.
  • The GCC ensures consistency in groundwater education, data management, and mapping efforts.
  • The GCC works with representatives of federal and local agencies to promote communication and coordination with state groundwater activities.
  • The GCC prepares an annual Report to the Legislature due each August.
  • The GCC sponsors and participates in forums and other outreach events to promote discussion of groundwater issues.
Last revised: Thursday November 06 2014