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Walking on water
Catching trout in crisp clear streams, shooting the rapids in a canoe or kayak, lazing around the lake in an inner tube, quenching your thirst on a hot summer day – none of these activities would be possible without groundwater. Unless you live in one of a few large cities in Wisconsin such as Green Bay or Milwaukee, the water you drink, use for washing, and enjoy for recreation comes from right below your feet. Groundwater is Wisconsin's invisible resource – our buried treasure.
"Groundwater: Wisconsin's buried treasure" was first published in 1983 to educate citizens about the resource we use every day but can't see. In 1989, "Groundwater: Protecting Wisconsin's buried treasure" highlighted the actions state agencies and individuals were taking to safeguard groundwater. This revised edition of "Groundwater: Protecting Wisconsin's buried treasure" will introduce new protection programs, and remind us all that as Wisconsin citizens, we hold the ultimate responsibility for guarding our valuable groundwater resource.
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center
UW Environmental Resources Center
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
U.S. Geological Survey
State Lab of Hygiene
Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services
Dept. of Transportation
Dept. of Commerce
Additional DNR staff