The quantity of surface and groundwater resources is critical to the ongoing quality of life and economic well-being of residents and businesses in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Current economic trends are placing more intensive demands on the land and natural resource base of the west-central region of Wisconsin. For example, areas of western Wisconsin are experiencing an increase in the number of acres of cropland that are irrigated.
Residents, local officials, and other concerned citizens recognize these changes and are interested in better understanding the potential cumulative impacts of changes in groundwater recharge due to landscape changes associated with mine reclamation and changes in groundwater use (such as expansion of irrigated agriculture, industrial sand mining, and other high-capacity groundwater withdrawal operations) on water resources in west-central Wisconsin.
Groundwater Study Proposal (7-12-12)
Managing Chippewa County's Groundwater - Today and Tomorrow; Fact Sheet (2013)
Western Chippewa County Groundwater Study; PowerPoint Summary (1-18-13)
Interim & Final Reports