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Lectures to explore future of state's ground water

Kenneth W. Potter

Kenneth W. Potter
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"Will the Well Run Dry? Ground Water Management in Wisconsin" is the title of the seven-part series that began Wednesday, Sept. 12 and will continue through November. All lectures start at 7 p.m. in 1610 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive.

Some scientists and resource managers worry that ground water shortages may occur as the state's population grows and global warming alters the state's climate, according to Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ken Potter, lecture organizer.

Ground water is the primary source of drinking water for half of Wisconsin's citizens, including virtually all Dane County residents, and a critical source of water for the state's streams, lakes, and wetlands, says Ken Potter. Shortages would create hardship and major public-policy headaches.

Lectures will address ground water flow and quality; issues in Dane County, southeast Wisconsin, and the Green Bay area; conflicts over high-capacity wells such as that recently sought by the Perrier Group in Adams County; and ground water management. Here is the schedule of topics and speakers:


  • Tuesday, Sept. 25: Ground Water Issues in Dane County.
    Ken Bradbury, hydrogeologist, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Madison.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 3: Ground Water Issues in the Lower Fox River Valley.
    Jim Krohelski, chief, Hydrogeologic Studies and Data Section, U.S. Geological Survey, Middleton.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: Ground Water Issues in Southeastern Wisconsin.
    John Jansen, senior geoscientist, Aquifer Science and Technology, Waukesha.


  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: The Perrier Example.
    Speaker(s) to be announced.


  • Thursday, Nov. 15: Ground Water Management: A Statewide Overview.
    Professor Steve Born, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 20: Managing Ground Water in a Changing Environment,
    a discussion of future management needs and approaches.

The series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.