Access to high-capacity wells can make the difference between prosperity or destitution for Wisconsin farmers.The attorney general seeks to avoid laws intended in part, to protect those farmers. The Wisconsin legislature passed a series of laws that expressly define the conditions under which the DNR can grant or deny permits to build and operate high-capacity wells. But the attorney general wants the power to ignore that legislation and make the law as he sees fit. He wants the DNR to have the power to impose non-legislative conditions on farmers who seek high-capacity wells. He believes he is a better steward of the people’s waters, and the environmental impacts to them, than the legislature, farmers, and the people themselves.
Can’t help but wonder how many of those legislators who passed laws “defining the conditions under which the DNR can grant or deny permits to build and operate high-capacity well.” have a basic understanding of hydrogeology? What if they steal water from another landowner, do the big ag corporations have any liability? What if they take water from a stream? We’ve seen what irrigating the potato growing region as done to the Little Plover river.