Protect our water!
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Lakes and streams of Wisconsin are under attack! Industrial agriculture, CAFOs and frac sand mining are sucking our lakes and streams dry. New laws are now being rammed through the legislature that will not only take away citizens’ rights ...

Lakes and streams of Wisconsin are being sucked dry!

Wisconsin's streams, lakes, and wetlands are disappearing due to the insatiable thirst of Industrial agriculture, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and frac sand mining. New laws are now being rammed through the legislature that will not only take away citizens’ rights to protect the water, but undermine the very state agency that regulates its use. Time is running out!

Wisconsin’s Central Sands region has an important story to tell. The region is known as unique and ecologically significant area of Wisconsin. This expansive area contains portions of Adams, Waushara, Marquette, Portage, Wood, and Waupaca Counties. The Central Sands region is home to many exceptional water resources. There are over 80 lakes greater than twelve acres in size and over 600 miles of headwater streams, many of which are prized trout streams. The region also contains extensive wetlands, forests, and productive agricultural lands. The water resources in this landscape are fed by groundwater which is recharged by precipitation on the overlying landscape. The region has attracted outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds for generations and was made famous by Aldo Leopold’s work and writings as well as being the childhood home of famed naturalist John Muir.

However, the natural resources that make this landscape famous are currently disappearing. Waters such as Lake Huron, Long Lake, Fish Lake, and the Little Plover River are drying up and have become the most visible victims of poor groundwater management. To underscore this point, the Little Plover River was recently named among the top 10 most endangered rivers in the Country by the national conservation organization American Rivers. Now Pleasant Lake, Lake Burnita, Fordham Creek, Little Roche-a-Cri Creek, Chaffee Creek, and Tagatz Creek among many other are faced with losing their water as well due to the proliferation of high capacity wells. Wisconsin is a water-rich state. But groundwater, the water source for 70% of the population and over 90% of water used for farming and industry, is a limited resource. Wisconsin law leaves rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands unprotected from excessive groundwater pumping, and do not require consideration of the cumulative impacts of High Capacity Wells on groundwater supply or groundwater-dependent surface waters. Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), industrial monoculture agriculture, and sand mining facilities (This sand is used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas) insatiable thirst for water are quickly exacerbating the large scale problem. The results are plummeting property values, recreational opportunities lost, tourism dollars gone, and ecosystems destroyed.

A recently released short video documentary, Not Standing Still: The Degradation Of Wisconsin’s Waters, explores the urgency of the issue and explains what is happening to the Central Sand’s magnificent waters.  Now, under pressure from some lawmakers to take away citizens’ rights to protect their water, we aim to empower and mobilize Wisconsin citizens to protect these precious resources.  From the company that created Not Standing Still: The Degradation Of Wisconsin’s Waters comes a new series of short public service announcements (PSA) that will be produced showing what is happening in the Central Sands and to mobilize citizens and communities to act now.  The number of PSAs produced will be dependent on the amount of money raised.  One PSA costs $2800.  With subjects such as The Picnic, Gone Fishing, and Let’s go Swimming, the initial PSAs will all show an idyllic scene of healthy and abundant waters followed by a stark contrast with the water in the lake or stream all but gone.  Please donate and help us protect Wisconsin's magnificant waters.  But we need to act now before new laws are passed stripping citizens of our rights!  

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