The Food, Land & Water Project consists of four Workgroups to cover four distinct topics: polluted surface water, groundwater quality, groundwater quantity, and the future of Wisconsin working lands. The Groundwater Quantity Workgroup is considering competing uses of shared aquifers and the potential to reduce conflicts within communities. This Workgroup will focus on the water quantity issues in the “Central Sands” region and other areas in Wisconsin experiencing groundwater use conflicts. Four Workgroup meetings will be held before the ideas, goals, and recommendations are presented at the Food, Land & Water Conference on October 16 and 17, 2017. Below are some documents related to this ongoing progress:
- Groundwater Quantity Workgroup Charter
- Workgroup Meeting #1 (August 2016) Agenda and Minutes
- Workgroup Meeting #2 (November 2016) Agenda, Presentations (Central Sands Water Use Trends and Impacts Part 1 and Part 2, and WI Groundwater Law and Regulatory Program), and Minutes
- Groundwater Quantity Workgroup Interim Report to the Steering Committee (January 10, 2017) and Steering Committee Feedback Memorandum (February 2, 2017)
- Workgroup Meeting #3 (February 21, 2017) Agenda
- Workgroup Meeting #4 (June 15, 2017) - Final meeting before the conference - Agenda
- Background Documents:
- Barlow, P.M., and Leake, S.A., 2012, Streamflow depletion by wells—Understanding and managing the effects of groundwater pumping on streamflow: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1376, 84 p. (A summary of how groundwater wells interact with streams).
- Bradbury, K., Kraft, G., Drought, J., Fienen, M., Hunt, R., Hart, D., February 2017, revised March 13, 2017, Groundwater quantity fundamentals in Wisconsin’s central sands region, prepared for the Wisconsin Food, Land, and Water Project Groundwater Quantity Workgroup.
- Bredehoeft, J.D., 2002, The water budget myth revisited: Why hydrogeologists model: Ground Water, v. 40, no. 4, p. 340-345. (Discussion of the need to use models that consider full accounting of the water budget to calculate the interaction of wells with streams)
- Hunt, Randy. 2003. A water science primer. Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Transactions, Volume 90. p. 11-21. (A succinct summary of groundwater and surface water in Wisconsin, pointing out common misconceptions and misunderstandings).
- Kniffin, M., K. Potter, A.J. Bussan, J. Colquhoun, and K. Bradbury, 2014, Sustaining central sands water resources: State of the science 2014: UW-Extension, publication # G4058, 102 p. (As stated on the UWEX website, this publication “…provides a common framework and language for scientists to communicate within and across disciplines regarding water resource management in the Central Sands region of Wisconsin.”).
- Kraft, G. J., Clancy, K., Mechenich, D. J., and Haucke, J., 2012, Irrigation Effects in the Northern Lake States: Wisconsin Central Sands Revisited: Ground Water, v. 50, no. 2, p. 308-318. (Journal publication documenting impacts from irrigation pumping in the central sands).
- Weeks, E. P., Ericson, D. W., and Holt, C. L. R. J., 1965, Hydrology of the Little Plover River basin, Portage County, Wisconsin, and the Effects of Water Resource development: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply paper 1811, 78 p. (USGS report on the Little Plover River and potential impacts of irrigation pumping.
- Weeks, E. P., and Stangland, H. G., 1971, Effects of irrigation on streamflow in the central sand plain of Wisconsin: U S Geological Survey, Open-File Report 1970-362, 113 p., 4 plates. (USGS study focused on impacts of irrigation on central sands’ streamflows in the 1960s-70s).
- Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, High Capacity Wells Fact Book.