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We collect, organize, and make available existing data on groundwater and related resources, including: published reports and maps; collection of well records; computerized data base to allow retrieval of water resources data; groundwater education publications and materials.
We answer questions about groundwater for both private citizens and local officials, or refer questions to other information sources.
We develop, conduct and promote educational activities relating to groundwater awareness, protection and management.
We conduct private well testing and drinking water education programs through county-based Extension faculty.
Wisconsin Groundwater Directory
The Wisconsin Groundwater Directory is a listing of topics and contact information for the citizens of Wisconsin to find answers and information to groundwater related concerns. To download a pdf copy click on the following link:
WI Groundwater Directory (pdf
Wellhead protection is a preventive program designed to protect public water supply wells. The goal of wellhead protection is to prevent contaminants from entering public water supply wells by managing the land that contributes water to the wells.
For more information on wellhead protection planning, visit the Wisconsin DNR's
Wellhead Protection Program
Well Water for Rural Residential Subdivisions
This fact sheet describes using computer generated groundwater flow models as tools to evaluate water supply options in rural communities
Well Water for Rural Rural Residential Subdivisions: Using groundwater flow models to evaluate options for water supply
Groundwater Resources for Local Governments
The three fact sheets listed below will help communities address groundwater concerns as part of the comprehensive planning process.
Groundwater and Its Role in Comprehensive Planning
Resources to Help You Protect Your Drinking Water Supply
Residential Development and Groundwater Resources
Additional resources containing information on groundwater management for local governments:
A Guide to Groundwater Quality Planning and Management for Local Governments. 1987.
Special Report 9.
Groundwater Protection Through Local Land-Use Controls. 1991.
Special Report 11.
A Citizen's Guide to Ground-Water Protection
. 1990. U.S. EPA.
Wisconsin Legislature's Theobold Legislative Library: Groundwater Protection.
Listing of resources that are useful for managing groundwater and interpreting groundwater laws in Wisconsin.
Organizing a Community Drinking Water Program
Community drinking water programs offer local governments the opportunity to learn more about their community's groundwater in addition to educating local residents on groundwater and drinking water related issues. To learn more about organizing a program for your community click on the link below.
A Guide to Organizing a Community Drinking Water Testing and Educational Program (2 MB)
Teaching and Learning about Groundwater in Wisconsin
The following is a short list of educational materials for teaching about groundwater issues in Wisconsin:
Sand-tank Groundwater Model
The sand-tank groundwater model is a hands-on demonstrational model made by students at UW-Stevens Point and is used as an educational tool to demonstrate how water and contaminants move through aquifers, various soil structures and watersheds.
Groundwater Model Project
Follow this link to purchase a groundwater flow model for your school or organization.
Borrow a Groundwater Model
Follow this link for a list of agencies in Wisconsin that have agreed to loan their groundwater models out.
There are a number of educational activities that can be performed which aid in students understanding of groundwater. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources developed an award winning curriculum development guide primarily for 6th to 9th grade earth science teachers, adaptable to older and younger students, informal education settings and the general public.
Groundwater Study Guide
Packet includes the following:
One 36-page "Groundwater Study Guide"
One copy of "Groundwater: Protecting Wisconsin's Buried Treasure"
One set of 12 activity handouts.
Ten small posters and one large poster, "Groundwater and Land Use in the Water Cycle"
One "Groundwater Contamination Susceptibility in Wisconsin" map.
It'll Go With the Flow
- Powerpoint presentation that can be used in conjunction with one of the activities in the Groundwater Study Guide.
For more information about groundwater and educational activities or to request a hardcopy of the Groundwater Study Guide please contact
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