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Building a Community Groundwater Network
September 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join Riveredge and Wellntel in an informative program that will discuss the opportunity to create a community groundwater network in Washington and Ozaukee Counties and how you can get involved.
A CGN is a public/private partnership between counties and their residents to build greater understanding of their shared groundwater resources. In a CGN, residents volunteer to have well water level monitoring systems installed on their wells. In return, the well owner gets an online dashboard to, probably for the first time, view what her/his water is level and how it changes over time due to their own or neighbors’ pumping and how/whether rain and snow make a difference to their groundwater level.
Through this network, landowners, farmers, schools, and business in Washington and Ozaukee Counties can help build a community groundwater network (CGN) that will monitor groundwater supply, risk, opportunity and change for years to come.
How will data be used?
Data from the CGN will offer many local benefits including, but not limited to, watershed health , understanding of
surface and groundwater interactions in and around the subcontinental divide and our Great Lake, and the relationship of pumping for irrigation or from larger nearby cities to rural residents. With this information, citizens can work together to protect and enhance property value, health and well-being of the water and the land.
Who can attend?
The meeting is open to any resident of Washington or Ozaukee county with an interest in water resources, farming, economic opportunity, development, or conservation and the environment. Specifically, potential network “members” and “sponsors” are invited to attend. These include homeowners and farmers with domestic wells, land trusts with working or abandoned wells, water municipalities, townships and homeowner’s associations within the counties.
- Current and Historical Groundwater Trends in OZ/WA counties – Tim Grundl, UWM-School of Freshwater Sciences
- Future Groundwater Issues – Chuck Dunning/ Wellntel
- The Community Groundwater Network – Marian Singer/Wellntel
- Getting Involved – Joe Fillingham/Wellntel
- CGN Stakeholder incentives – Nicholas Hayes, Marian Singer, and Chuck Dunning/ Wellntel
- Bringing a CGN to Washington and Ozaukee Counties: Next steps- Nicholas Hayes/ Wellntel