Reader responds to Spinn Letter

To the Editor:

Gentlemen, I read a letter to the editor that appeared in the July 27, 2017 edition of the Argus.  This letter was written by Fritz D. Spinn, Jr.  In the letter Mr. Spinn discussed his concern about disappearing wetlands near his home along Hwy 152.

I am the  chairperson of the Central Sands Water Action Coalition (CSWAC) and I, too, am concerned about declining water levels in our lakes, streams and wetlands.  The CSWAC website, www.centralsandswater.org  contains many interesting pieces dealing with water issues.  Perhaps the best piece I can refer all readers to is an article written by six hydrologists, including the hydrologist that does work for the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association.  

The article is titled “Groundwater Quantity Fundamentals in Wisconsin’s Central Sands Region”.  The Central Sands region includes parts or all of Waushara, Marquette, Adams, Portage, Wood, Waupaca, Marathon and Shawano Counties in Central Wisconsin including about 95 percent of Waushara County.

To access this article click on this link:  http://centralsandswater.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Central-Sands-Hy...

This link will open a six page article that is written in a way a non-science person can understand.  Among the findings are: pumping of high capacity wells impacts groundwater levels; pumping wells divert water from streams; when crops are irrigated using groundwater there is a net loss to the groundwater system; and, significantly, water level and streamflow declines cannot be explained by any factor other than high capacity well pumping.

I hope you enjoy this article.  Please contact me if you have questions on this paper or other water issues at :  skipdive1950@gmail.com

/s/ Raymond C. “Skip” Hansen, Chairperson – Central Sands Water Action Coalition