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WI DNR launches study on central sands water

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a new study on the water supply in the state's central sands region.

The study will look at more than 300 lakes and more than 800 miles of trout streams across eight counties in central Wisconsin. The sandy soil in this region drains quickly, and water levels depend on groundwater levels and use from private, public and high-capacity wells. There are more than 3,070 high-capacity wells in this area, which pumped more than 98 billion gallons of water in 2012.

The study will look at the environmental impact of water uses and explore options for protecting groundwater and surface water.

DNR officials anticipate the study will take more than a year to complete.

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