By Tim Kowols
The Wisconsin State Assembly will wait for its turn to debate a bill giving current high-capacity well owners an exemption from state oversight regarding repairs, replacements, and reconstructions without the need of a new permit. While environmentalists say it could lead to waterbeds drying up in some areas, agriculture producers believe the new rules give them the ability to be more productive. While much of the focus of the bill is on the Central Sands region of the state, Senator Dave Hansen says it could have an impact everywhere.
The number of high-capacity wells in Wisconsin has sky rocketed in recent years, including more than 2,800 in the Central Sands region according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.