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Groundwater Drawdown

2-page Fact sheet

Large-scale pumping of groundwater has caused large drawdowns – long-term drops in groundwater levels – in the Lower Fox River Valley , southeastern Wisconsin and Dane County . Drawdowns can cause serious economic, health and environmental problems: wells run dry and must be drilled deeper; concentrations of arsenic, radium, salts and other naturally occurring substances can reach unhealthy levels; and streams, lakes and wetlands lose water or dry up, depriving fish, birds, amphibians and mammals of vital habitat.

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RESOURCES--For more information about groundwater, see:
Protecting Wisconsin's Buried Treasure at http://aqua.wisc.edu/publications/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=550
Wisconsin's Water Library website at http://aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary/Default.aspx?tabid=187

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