Wisconsin State Regulator Introduces Controversial Bills to Allow High-Powered Well Operated Near Lakes
Regulator of the Wisconsin state has introduced two bills that allow the operation of high-powered water well near the lakes. Many feared the proposed regulation will reduce the water supply from the Wisconsin’s lakes.
The first bill was introduced in Feb. 22 by the Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald as the sponsor, according to Wisconsin Rapid Tribune. . The Senate Bill 76 allows the industrial grade of water pump to drill wells to pump ground water for farms and industries without state regulators review as long as the water pump is installed in the existing permitted wells.
Environmentalists were perplexed by the bill. Since the bill would allow the ongoing usage of the wells once they are permitted without the requirement for re-evaluation.
Later on, another bill was introduced. The Assembly Bill 105 will match the Senate Bill 76, as reported by the local Wall Street Journal affiliate news Wisconsin State Journal. The two bills will ease the restriction of the operation of high capacity water wells, without having to undergo further environmental impact reviews.
Wisconsin has two great lakes, the Lake Michigan in the east and Lake Superior in the north. The state has also many lakes that has become the valuable source of water for its farming industries. Overall, Michigan has the most water surface among all U.S. states, covering 11,188 square miles of the area.
Lakes in Michigan has been the greatest contributor to its dairy production. Michigan is well-known for producing a quarter of cheese produced in the U.S., and one of the highest producer of dairy product in the U.S. along with California and Vermont.
The abundant of lakes has also become the major interest for tourist to visit the states along with its rivers. Traveling the Wisconsin waterways has been one interesting tourist attraction, which generated the third largest income for the state.
Watch the report of the waterways and lakes travel in Wisconsin below: