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Water resources expert to discuss sustainability of Wisconsin’s groundwater

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Photo caption: Pine Lake, east of Hancock in Waushara County, is one of many area lakes decimated between 2004 and 2015 by high-capacity wells used to irrigate crops. (Photo credit: George Kraft, 2017)

Many Wisconsinites are concerned about water and water quality — the basis of our health, recreation and the tourism industry.

Dr. George Kraft

Dr. George Kraft

You can learn about water management in our state by joining water resources expert Dr. George Kraft as he presents “Wisconsin Groundwater: Can We Manage It Sustainably?” during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays from the U” livestream from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Kraft will describe how unmanaged, high-capacity well pumping — largely for crop irrigation — is drawing down water tables and threatening lakes, streams and wetlands. In locales such as the Central Sands region of the state, dozens of lakes and streams already have been affected, some to the point of complete drying.

Kraft, professor emeritus of water resources and director of UW-Stevens Point’s Center for Watershed Science and Education, has dedicated his 30-year career to serving the citizens, communities, businesses and government of Wisconsin in the tradition known as the Wisconsin Idea: The boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the “Thursdays from the U” webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

The series, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.