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The Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (usgs.gov/LIDE) recently launched the Well Water Advisory Forecast study in Northeast Wisconsin.

Water quality in the fractured rock aquifer changes quickly, so the study will evaluate whether an existing online tool that forecasts surface water runoff (Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast tool: http://www.manureadvisorysystem.wi.gov/runoffrisk/index) can also predict well contamination.

The goal is to “forecast” well contamination so that private well owners are alerted when drinking water quality may be degraded. Researchers from USGS, USDA, and University of Wisconsin-Madison are collaborating on the study.

 

A wintery landscape
A wintery landscape of snow-covered grass and trees on a late morning in November in Kewaunee County in northeast Wisconsin.
Three scientists collecting residential water well samples on sunny snowy day
Team members from the USGS Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) collecting private well water samples on a chilly November day in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. Pictured from left to right Joel Stokdyk (USGS), Rachel Cook (USDA), Aaron Firnstahl (USGS). 
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Joel Stokdyk (USGS) and Rachel Cook (USDA) from the USGS Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) standing in front of field vehicle en route to collecting private well water samples on a chilly November day in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.
Scientist in yellow jacket and green hat turning tap on side of house.
Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment team member Joel Stokdyk collects residential tap water sample for well water advisory forecast study in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.
Paper flyer hanging from door handle for a wall water advisory forecast study
Kewaunee Wisconsin well water advisory forecast study door hanger left after sample collection.

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