2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
March 25, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Black, Miller, Pocan, J. Lehman,
Berceau and Gielow, cosponsored by Senators Robson, Carpenter and
Wirch. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
1An Act to create
281.17 (1) (b) 3. of the statutes; relating to: requirements for
2approving high-capacity wells.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law prohibits a person from constructing or operating one or more wells
on one property that withdraw a total of more than 100,000 gallons of water a day
(high-capacity well) without the approval of the Department of Natural Resources
(DNR). DNR must disapprove the application for a high-capacity well or condition
its approval to ensure that the water supply of any public water utility will not be
This bill requires DNR to disapprove the application for a high-capacity well
or condition its approval to ensure that the waters of the state will be protected.
Waters of the state consist of surface waters and groundwater.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB191, s. 1
281.17 (1) (b) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 3. That the waters of the state will be protected.
(1) This act first applies to applications for approvals under section 281.17 (1) 2
of the statutes that are submitted on the effective date of this subsection.