Protecting Wisconsin's Groundwater Through Comprehensive Planning
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Integrate groundwater into your comprehensive plan
  5 steps for integrating groundwater into your plan
  2. Inventory groundwater data and analyze trends

Significant groundwater data are available for Wisconsin communities. We recommend sorting the data into the following categories:

  • Susceptibility of groundwater to pollutants
  • Sources of drinking water
  • groundwater quantity and use
  • Current groundwater quality
  • Potential sources of groundwater contaminants
  • Geology and aquifers
  • Money already spent on groundwater cleanup
  • Existing groundwater protection policies

Visit our FIND pages to find basic groundwater data for your county compiled from state-wide sources in 2007. While there are limitless ways that groundwater data and analysis could be included in your comprehensive plan, we recommend the following two approaches:

  • Include all groundwater data and analysis in the natural resources element of the plan OR
  • Include all groundwater data except that about municipal wells in the natural resources element of your plan. Include the municipal well information in the community utilities and facilities element of your plan.

groundwater goals, objectives and policies, however, might relate to and be included in any, or all, of the nine elements of the comprehensive plan.

Oconto County provides an example of a completed groundwater inventory and analysis.

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For assistance concerning comprehensive planning, please contact Lynn Markham, UW-Stevens Point.
For assistance concerning groundwater, please contact Charles Dunning, USGS.
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Page last updated: January 14, 2008

3. Develop groundwater goals, objectives, and policies 4. Prioritize policies 5. Decide how to monitor progress 1. Review pre-planning activities