Resident concerned about water drained from underground wells

To the Editor:

During the last four to five years, California drained three or more lakes dry for their farms, with many suffering with their misuse. After the lakes went dry, boating and other activities went dry as well. Now, due to the long cold winter, most of their water supply did not come back, but they are going to do the same thing over again?

It has been said, Midwest farmers are going to be doing the same thing to our water supply, and this summer it started to happen.

I, as well as many others who live along Highway 152, have noticed this happening. There are farms all around us and beginning in mid-June our swamp along started to dry up. By the end of June I could ride my ATV in and out of the swamp, and my neighbors and I couldn’t believe this was happening.

After the past winter when we did get our average snowfall, the spring gave us a good start, and although it did go a little dry, in the last month we have had a fair amount of rain.

Within Waushara County we have had our fair share rain in just the past two weeks when two storms come through giving us another 2 to 4 inches of rain.

As you look around and see all crops many will notice they are growing very well and sometimes past their limit for this time in the growing season. You would think the farmers would be happy – think again.

I was on my way home from a fish fry in downtown when I came up on one of the biggest farms in the area and what did I see? This farm had its irrigation on already. Why is the farmer not happy with what God had provided already? I guess we will never know.

Many will ask how much water do these irrigation systems use. I looked up the answer and the best I can find is to just to start them up it takes 1,200 gallons per irrigation setup.

After setup it varies on each unit, depending the settings per unit, how long they use it and acres of land it covers. But, if you look at there charts it’s quite a bit – usually in the thousands of gallons per field, which is a lot of water.

So I ask all of you in the area, do you want to repeat like the farmers did in California? Many people have been talking about this already, but the people I have been in contact with said to send my views into the newspaper and see what happens.

We have all grown up with our Lord and decent laws to guide us. We’ve had a good water supply for many years.

Are we ready to give it all away? So there is an old saying, “Waste not, want not.”

/s/ Fritz D. Spinn, Sr.