New bill has one less safeguard for Wisconsin lakes near high-powered wells

 State Assembly members have dropped a provision that would have strengthened legal protections for Wisconsin waters.

State Assembly members have dropped a provision that would have strengthened legal protections for Wisconsin waters.

"Over the last decade, farmers, large animal feedlots, food processors and frac sand mine operators have driven a boom in wells that can pull at least 100,000 gallons a day from the aquifer.Lakes and streams in the state’s Central Sands region have dried up, and land owners have gone to court to allege that the state Department of Natural Resources hasn’t placed enough restrictions on water usage."