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

Fact Sheet 127-01

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Abstract

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.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The effects of large-scale pumping and diversion on the water resources of Dane County, Wisconsin
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
127-01
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Wisconsin
County:
Dane County
Other Geospatial:
Crystal Lake, Fish Lake, Madison, Pheasant Branch Springs, Yahara Lakes
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