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The effects of large-scale pumping and diversion on the water resources of Dane County, Wisconsin

July 1, 2002
Throughout many parts of the U.S., there is growing concern over the effects of rapid urban growth and development on water resources. Ground- water and surface-water systems (which comprise the hydrologic system) are linked in much of Wisconsin, and ground water can be utilized both for drinking water and as a source of water for sustaining lakes, streams, springs, and wetlands. Ground water is important for surface-water systems because it commonly has greater dissolved solids and more acid-neutraliz- ing capacity than surface water or precipitation. The supplies of ground water are finite, however, and, in many cases ground water used for one purpose cannot be used for another. Moreover, ground-water use and withdrawal patterns may not be easy to alter once established. Thus, urban and rural planners are faced with decisions that balance the need for ground- water withdrawals while maintaining the quantity and quality of ground water for sustaining surface-water resources. Science-based information on the ground-water system and the connections to surface-water systems provides valuable insight for such decisions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2001
Title The effects of large-scale pumping and diversion on the water resources of Dane County, Wisconsin
DOI 10.3133/fs12701
Authors Randall J. Hunt, Kenneth R. Bradbury, James T. Krohelski
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 127-01
Index ID fs12701
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wisconsin Water Science Center

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