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September 2, 2014

Council encourages new research and partnership efforts in support of groundwater quality, quantity

MADISON -- An annual report by the Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council highlights the critical role groundwater plays in human health, the environment and economy and supports additional research and cooperation to understand how best to manage the precious resource.

The council was formed in 1984 to help state agencies coordinate activities and exchange information on groundwater. Today, it remains one of the few groups in the nation that effectively coordinates statewide groundwater efforts from an advisory position.

Russ Rasmussen, administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' water division, said the group's work reflects the value of the resource in Wisconsin, a state that depends heavily on groundwater as a source of drinking water. Wisconsin also relies on groundwater to irrigate crops, support livestock and process a wide variety of foods while feeding the trout streams and spring-fed lakes that are vital to the state's economy.

"Wisconsin remains a leader in groundwater quality and quantity but we must address new challenges and pursue new ideas if we are to sustain this resource for future generations," said Rasmussen, who also chairs the council. "The report serves as a valuable guide that will help us tackle the most important research, public outreach and partnership efforts on groundwater issues now and in the years to come."

Among the findings of the report to the Legislature:

To learn more about the fiscal 2014 report, visit and search for "Groundwater Coordinating Council."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Russ Rasmussen, water division administrator, 608-264-6278,; Bill Cosh, spokesman, 608-267-2773,

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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