Source Water Protection
Source Water Protection Initiative
A statewide effort to implement nutrient reduction strategies by creating local partnerships with the shared goals of reducing nitrate in community drinking water through cost-effective methods.
Conservation and Public Health Workgroup
County Land & Water Conservation and Public Health departments have been working together to better understand the extent of impacted drinking water in their counties. WI Land+Water and the Wisconsin Association for Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) recognized the success of these local partnerships and launched a workgroup to help identify ways to foster these relationships.
We are partnering with municipalities, producers, agronomists, county conservation, and researchers to better understand nitrate transport and develop tools for three communities struggling to provide safe drinking water. Farmers in Spring Green, Fall Creek, and Waupaca are participating by providing farm management information and testing technologies and management practices that increase nitrogen use efficiency. Data collected on the demonstration farms are helping researchers calibrate models to better understand nitrate transport and to develop decision-making tools to assist municipalities in determining options to achieve compliance.
Groundwater Coordinating Council’s 2016 Report to the Legislature includes valuable sections on nitrate and pesticides
Wisconsin Groundwater Quality: Agricultural Chemicals in Wisconsin Groundwater report provides an overview of groundwater quality from the Department of Agriculture, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the Department of Health and Family Services.
Nutrient Reduction Strategy is the current state initiative to reduce nutrients. An update will be available soon.
UWSP Center for Watershed Science and Education's Guide to Organizing a Community Drinking Water Testing and Educational Program. Currently being updated to include a more researched-based approach to groundwater monitoring.
UWEX Country Acres: A Guide to Buying and Managing Rural Property. The Conservation Public Health workgroup is reviewing this 1999 packet for suggested updates and accompanying documents (such as a guide to short-term rentals).
Source Water Protection Ordinances
WHAT COUNTIES ARE DOING TO PROTECT GROUNDWATER
Engaging stakeholders, launching private monitoring programs, well compensation, mapping susceptibility, building county department partnerships; your fellow county colleagues are building source water protection programs unique to their needs. Click here to learn more about what other counties are up to.
Harful Algal Blooms
Researchers are linking nitrogen to the toxicity of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Here are a few notable articles and references to better understand why nitrogen needs a place in our monitoring programs.