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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

August 1999

Groundwater: Protecting
Wisconsin's buried treasure

Table of Contents
Walking on water

Using groundwater
The quality and quantity of groundwater varies
On the home front
Thirsty cities
A fluid economy
Wet and wild
Aquaculture?

Understanding the resource
Groundwater on the move
Wisconsin's aquifers
Sand and gravel aquifer
Eastern dolomite aquifer
Sandstone and dolomite aquifer
Crystalline bedrock aquifer

Threats to groundwater
Air pollution is water pollution, too
Fertilizer and manure storage and application
Use and misuse of pesticides
Landfills
Ponds, lagoons and land disposal of wastewater
Private onsite wastewater treatment systems
Spills and illegal dumping
Leaking underground storage tanks
Abandoned and drainage wells
Sources of natural contamination
Overuse
Groundwater cleanup

Protecting the resource
Wisconsin's Groundwater Law
The Groundwater Coordinating Council
Dept. of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Dept. of Transportation
Dept. of Health and Family Services
Dept. of Commerce
Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
University of Wisconsin-Extension
Educational institutions
United States Geological Survey
Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Research: A closer look at groundwater
Who's in charge of groundwater? (chart)

Protect the groundwater you drink and use
Examine your own habits
Conservation
Waste minimization
Take care of your septic system
Properly locate and construct wells
What else can you do?

When you need assistance
Who can answer my questions about groundwater?
How safe is my drinking water?

Groundwater glossary

Groundwater myths!