Examle of GRAC-funded project on Microbial Source Tracking.
Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program
Wisconsin is recognized as a national leader in groundwater research, which is appropriate given how uniquely important this resource is for public health, the economy and the environment in this state. For example:
- Wisconsin leads the nation in the number of public water systems that rely on groundwater.
- Over 97% of agricultural irrigation water and more than one third of the water used for commercial and industrial purposes come from groundwater supplies.
- Many ecosystems in Wisconsin are strongly dependent on groundwater availability and groundwater quality.
Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research and Monitoring Proposals
Wisconsin's reputation for groundwater research is largely due to the wellestablished joint solicitation process for groundwater research and monitoring projects. This approach streamlines proposal writing and the review process and improves communication among agencies and researchers. Discussions of some of the benefits derived from these projects and interagency collaboration are presented in the Progress Portfolio section of the GCC Report to the Legislature.
The Joint Solicitation takes place annually. The call for proposals is sent to potential investigators in the fall and evaluation of proposals occurs until researchers are notified in spring. Work begins the following July 1.
Deadline: November 1, 2016
- Groundwater research projects funded during FY 2017
Title Investigators Contract period Funding agency Anthropogenically driven changes to the metagenome of a shallow groundwater and its effect on aquifer reactivity Tim Grundl, Ryan Newton, UWMilwaukee 7/1/16 6/30/18 UWS Investigating the impact of nitratenitrogen contamination on uranium concentrations in Wisconsin groundwater Amy Nitka, Paul McGinley, UWStevens Point 7/1/16 6/30/17 UWS Geologic sources of radium to municipal wells in Wisconsin Matthew GinderVogel, Madeline Gotkowitz, UWMadison 7/1/16 6/30/18 UWS Characterizing the timing and variability of enteric pathogen contamination within the dolomite aquifer in northeastern WI Maureen Muldoon, UW-Oshkosh and Mark Borchardt, USDA/USGS 7/1/16 6/30/17 DNR Linking groundwater and climate to understand longterm lake level fluctuations in Wisconsin Noah Lottig, UWMadison 7/1/16 6/30/18 DNR Field verification of adenovirus assays for source tracking Sharon Long, UWMadison 7/1/16 6/30/17 DNR Evaluating the effects of septic system density on groundwater quality in Southeastern Wisconsin James A. LaGro, UWMadison 7/1/16 6/30/17 DNR Monitoring support for groundwater management in the Wisconsin Central Sands George Kraft, UWStevens Point 7/1/16 6/30/17 DNR Source investigation of nitrate contamination for private wells in Eau Claire County Laura Suppes, UWEau Claire 7/1/16 6/30/18 DNR Longterm Alterations in Groundwater Chemistry Induced by Municipal Well Pumping Jean Bahr, Madeline Gotkowitz, UWMadison and UWExtension 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Phosphorus & Arsenic Sensors for Real Time Environmental Monitoring Daniel Noguera, Marc Anderson, UW-Madison 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Use of Groundwater Flow Models for Decision Making Kenneth Genskow, Kenneth Bradbury. UWMadison and UWExtension 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Predicting the locations of nitrate removal hotspots at the groundwater-surface water interface in Wisconsin streams Robert Stelzer, UWOshkosh 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Describing connected fracture flow with pressure waves oscillating flow interference testing Michael Cardiff, UWMadison 7/1/15 6/30/17 DNR
- Groundwater research projects funded during FY 2016
Title Investigators Contract period Funding agency The Wonewoc and Tunnel City: A Potential Natural Source of Groundwater Contamination in Western & Central Wisconsin Jay Zambito, Michael Parsen, Patrick McLaughlin, UWExtension 7/1/15 6/30/16 UWS Longterm Alterations in Groundwater Chemistry Induced by Municipal Well Pumping Jean Bahr, Madeline Gotkowitz, UWMadison and UWExtension 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Phosphorus & Arsenic Sensors for Real Time Environmental Monitoring Daniel Noguera, Marc Anderson, UWMadison 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Use of Groundwater Flow Models for Decision Making Kenneth Genskow, Kenneth Bradbury. UWMadison and UWExtension 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Predicting the locations of nitrate removal hotspots at the groundwatersurface water interface in Wisconsin streams Robert Stelzer, UWOshkosh 7/1/15 6/30/17 UWS Assessment of Environmental Impacts of Geothermal Source Heat Exchange Christopher Choi, David Hart and James Tinjum, WGNHS 7/1/2014 6/30/16 UWS Hydrologic Impacts of the Loss of Wisconsin's Winter on Surface WaterGroundwater Interactions Steven Loheide, UWMadison 7/1/2014 6/30/16 UWS Effect of Source Chemistry on MnBearing Solid Dissolution and Reactivity in Municipal Water Systems Matthew Gindervogel and Christina Remucal, UWMadison 7/1/14 6/30/16 UWS Describing connected fracture flow with pressure waves oscillating flow interference testing Michael Cardiff, UWMadison 7/1/15 6/30/17 DNR Evaluation of Quantitative Real Time PCR (qPCR) for the Measurement of E. coli in Well Water Samples Greg Kleinheinz, Nilay Sheth, UWOshkosh 7/1/15 6/30/16 DNR
- All groundwater research projects funded FY 1985 to FY 2016
- More information on specific projects
- Searchable database of project abstracts and final reports
- Proposal abstracts of recently UWS–funded projects
- Final reports and summaries of UWS–funded projects
- Final reports and summaries of DNR–funded projects
- Final reports and summaries of DATCP–funded projects
- Final reports and summaries of Commerce–funded projects
Funding sources and purposes of monitoring or research
- UWS Groundwater Research
- The UWS, through its UW–Madison Water Resources Institute (WRI), has received funding since FY 90 for groundwater research. Projects may be of a fundamental or applied nature on selected aspects of groundwater research in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences or law. Projects have been co–funded with DNR, Commerce, DATCP and the National Institutes for Water Resources program (US Geological Survey).
- DNR Groundwater Monitoring and Research
- The DNR has been funding groundwater “management practice monitoring” projects since FY 86. The intent of these studies, funded through the Groundwater Account of the Environmental Fund, was to identify appropriate management practices to reduce the impacts of potential sources of contamination. In recent years, the DNR has used funds from alternative state and federal sources, and has targeted funds at specific issues of concern, including arsenic, emerging contaminants (viruses, antibiotics) and groundwater quantity. Several of these projects have been co–funded with DATCP, Commerce and/or UWS.
- DATCP Pesticide Research
- From 1989 to 2002, DATCP funded research on pesticide issues of regulatory importance. This funding came from fees paid by pesticide manufacturers to sell products in Wisconsin. Several of these projects have been co–funded with DNR and/or UWS. Starting in FY 03, these funds have not been available for new research.
- DSPS Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Research
- While part of the Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations (DIHLR), the Division of Safety & Buildings received an appropriation from 1990 to 1993 to fund research on alternatives to current private sewage–system technology. In 1994, when the appropriation expired, the division continued the program with funding generated through plan review and licensing fees under the Department of Commerce through 2002. In total, eight projects were funded. Two projects were co–funded with DNR and UWS. The division is now part of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
- Contact information
- Bill Phelps