Rob W

In 1946, the Wisconsin Legislature directed the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) to join with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to formally establish a groundwater-level monitoring network across the state. Since that time, the groundwater-level data gathered from the network has benefited the state of Wisconsin by providing crucial data for understanding the groundwater resource and making sound water-use decisions. These data are crucial whether the interest is in the effect of pumping from the deep aquifer of southeast Wisconsin, the impact of high-capacity wells in the Central Sands, or the potential effect of climate change on groundwater resources. During this long collaboration, the WGNHS has played a critical role in operating and maintaining the network with the USGS to the benefit of the entire state.