Central Sands Nitrate and Neonicotinoid Study

On April 6, 2023, staff from WGNHS, DATCP, Portage County, and UW–Madison Extension will host a public roll-out of the Central Sands Nitrate and Neonicotinoid Study. This event will present the study results and the Groundwater Quality Resource Guide, as well as an overview of how DATCP and other state agencies are working together to […]

$10 million Grant Program to Address Polluted Private Wells

Gov. Tony Evers has announced a new $10 million grant program to address polluted private wells. The program uses one-time funding through federal COVID-19 relief under the American Rescue Plan Act. It will target the treatment, replacement or abandonment of polluted private wells. See more information here.

Groundwater Impacts from Proposed Richfield Dairy

If you weren’t able to attend John Jansen’s presentation on the groundwater impacts from the proposed Richfield Dairy, or if you attended and would like to review the information that was presented, here is a link to the PowerPoint slides.

Your Drinking Water, January 13, 2022

Learn What is Coming Our Way Along with Richfield Dairy July 2021 the Wisconsin Supreme Court gave the Wisconsin DNR the authority to require off-site nitrate monitoring wells and to limit animal unit numbers (the number of cows, heifers, calves, etc. housed on a given site) when they issue Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits […]

Proposed PFAS Rule – Public Comments and Public Hearing

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed a proposed rule related to PFAS-containing firefighting foam as required per 2019 Act 101 and s. 299.48, Wis. Stats. This includes the determination of appropriate containment, treatment and disposal or storage measures for firefighting foam testing facilities. The DNR is now holding a public comment period on […]

The Rise of PFAS

Click here for an informative article on PFAS by Tommy Enright.

Two Huge Wins for Groundwater Quality

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two opinions that are huge wins for groundwater quality, ruling that the DNR does have the authority to  protect groundwater from pollution and from overuse. Read an article about these decisions here.

Standards for PFAS Chemicals

The DNR will begin developing groundwater standards for 16 PFAS chemicals and six pesticides, and will begin setting maximum contaminant levels for PFAS chemicals in drinking water. Read more here.