Comprehensive Plan for Ground Water
Project Number: 9KH49
Project Chief: Chuck Dunning
Project Topics: ground water
Period of Project: xxx
Website: Protecting Wisconsin's Groundwater Through Comprehensive Planning
The USGS website Protecting Wisconsin's Groundwater Through Comprehensive Planning, a way to provide centralizing access to Wisconsin ground-water data.
Many communities, particularly smaller communities, do not have the resources or expertise to locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate ground-water information and data in their comprehensive plans.
Wisconsin law requires that by January 1, 2010 all communities that make land-use decisions must do so consistent with their comprehensive plan. Ground water is a recognized factor in all nine required elements of comprehensive plans (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2002a), and much information and data exists to address the role of ground water in those nine elements. However, many communities, particularly smaller communities, do not have the resources or expertise to locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate ground-water information and data in their comprehensive plans. In many instances it is difficult for a community to know where to begin. If, however, Wisconsin ground-water information and data is made accessible and user-friendly, it is much more likely that it will be used in the comprehensive-planning process.
This is a collaborative project between USGS, UW Stevens Point, and WDNR that will conduct activities necessary to 1) identify the range of ground-water information and data useful for addressing ground water in comprehensive planning, 2) identify means of centralizing world-wide web access to ground-water information and data, 3) establish the chosen centralized access, 4) incorporate characteristics or features believed important for the centralized site, 5) include on the centralized site results of ongoing evaluations of ground water in adopted comprehensive plans, 6) ensure that the existence and capabilities of the site are advertised to the broad range of potential users.
2008. Completion of the web site for this project was essentially complete last fiscal year (end of funding). Additional funding is being sought through the Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Ground Water Research. Additional funds will enablemaking changes to the web site in response to comments/questions from users during the first months the web site has been active.
2007. Prototype web site is operational (just a few pages) and will be added to continually through this fiscal year. Goal is to provide means for centralizing access to Wisconsin ground-water data. Long-term hosting of this site is still in discussion. Progress First Quarter 2007: Prototype website has been expanded to include educational information on ground water and comprehensive planning. Discussion continued on the ground-water data and hydrological information to be added. Second and Third Quarters 2007: Static geologic and hydrologic maps, and other information will be added in consultation with cooperators and collaborating scientists.
The web site entitled Protecting Wisconsin Ground Water Through Comprehensive Planning is complete and operational at http://wi.water.usgs.gov/gwcomp/index.html. Long term hosting of the site will probably be with Wisconsin DNR or other state agency (WRRI is also a possibility). Some edits and updates have been completed this fiscal year.
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