Ground Water Information

Groundwater Information


Mission Statement:


The mission of the Kewaunee County Groundwater Task Force is to seek accurate information regarding Kewaunee County’s water quality concerns, to understand the resources available to deal with the existing impacts of unsafe water, and to provide practical recommendations to the Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Committee, the County Board and the community at large through communication and education aimed at improving water quality.





Your Groundwater Task Force has established two important goals: 

·        The first goal is to publish one news release each month, beginning in November, 2015 to inform our citizens about ground and surface water concerns.

·        The second goal is to establish a website that will provide a “one stop” source for the latest updates on Kewaunee County’s ground and surface waters before year-end 2015. 


Monthly News Release and Updates:


Check back monthly to receive news release updates regarding ground and surface water in Kewaunee County.


·        September 2015

o   NEW Kewaunee County Public Health and Groundwater Protection Ordinance (doc)

·        November 2015

o   News Release #1 (pdf)

·        December 2015

o   News Release #2 (pdf)


·        January 2016

            o Water kiosk dedicated at Algoma High School (pdf)

·        February 2016

   o Interview with County Supervisor Charles  Wagner (pdf)

·        March 2016

   o Algoma Clean Water Kiosk (pdf)

   o How to Operate the Water Kiosk (pdf)

·        April 2016


·        May 2016


·        June 2016


·        July 2016



My well tested positive, now what should I do? 

·       CDC: Treatment of Well Water

·       WI-DNR: Information for Homeowners with Private Wells

·       WI-DNR: Water Quality and Contamination in Private Wells

·       EPA: Private Drinking Water Wells


 Studies and Research:

·       Final Report of the Northeast Wisconsin Karst Task Force (pdf)

·       Kewaunee County Voluntary Well Testing Program-Map of Results 2004-2015 (pdf)

·       Kewaunee County Voluntary Well Testing Program-Map of Results with Karst Data 2004-2015 (pdf)

·       Final Report-Groudwater Collaboration Workgroup-June 2016 (pdf)

·       Want to learn more about your well and drinking water?  Participate in an Individual well drinking water assessment program.(pdf)

·      Project Phoenix Final Report (Note: File May Take Longer to Download)

·      Water Qualities of the East Twin River and Unnamed Tributaries to the East Twin River and Krok Creek, Kewaunee County



 Printable Materials:


·   Bacteriological Contamination of Drinking Water Wells (pdf)

·   Well Chlorination in Arsenic Sensitive Areas-Is too much a good thing? (pdf)

·   Nitrates in Drinking Water (pdf)

·   Tests for Drinking Water from Private Wells (pdf)

·   Pesticides in Drinking Water (pdf)

·  Arsenic in Drinking Water (pdf)

·  Public Health Groundwater Ordinance and Maps

·   East Twin River Aquatic Life Survey Resolution and Letters of Support (pdf)



Financial Assistance Programs:

·       WI-DNR Well Compensation Grant

·       Lakeshore Community Action Program

·       USDA Single Family Homes Repair Loans and Grants

·       USDA Household Water Well System Grants

·       Household Water Well Program Loan Fact Sheet





Facts and Statistics:

·      United States Geological Survey-Groundwater Data and Policies for Kewaunee County

·      National Agriculture Statistics Service, Wisconsin Quick Stats (includes acres in production and cops produced)

·      Wisconsin Milk Cows (pdf) 

·      Wisconsin All Cattle and Calves (pdf)




Additional Resources:


·       UW-Extension: Understanding Manure Irrigation

·      What to Do in Case of a Spill and Who to Contact

·       CDC: Well testing

·       Kewaunee County Public Health Dept: Well Water Testing Information page

·      Considerations for the Use of Manure Irrigation Practices: Report for the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup (pdf)

·      UW Discovery Farms Program

·      Manure and Drinking Water

·      Temporary water for private well users affected by fecal bacteria contamination from livestock-NR 738 

·   The Chapter 37 "Agricultural Waste and Process Wastewater Irrigation Ordinance" 

·   Well Water Testing Presentation - Slides from Dr. Mark Borchardt 

·   Well Water Testing Presentaton - Slides from Dr. Maureen Muldoon 

·   Information on Water Levels in the Aquifer - Website (Note: Link May Take Longer to Download)  




Lee Luft  

Dick Swanson  

Mary Ellen Dobbins

Bob Garfinkel

Andy Wallander 

Ron Paider

Randy Hallet

Davina Bonness-ex officio 

Cindy Kinnard-ex officio

Aerica Bjurstrom-ex officio



 Contact Us:


Lee Luft

Kewaunee County

Groundwater Task Force Chair





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