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Eau Claire County re-examines groundwater guidelines


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The growth of frac sand mining is one reason Eau Claire County is re-evaluating it's guidelines for groundwater.

Thursday night, the Groundwater Advisory Committee met focusing on the demand for water and the impact of that demand

High capacity wells handle anywhere from a few thousand gallons to a several million per year.  They are commonly used by farms and frac sand mines. 

The county's groundwater advisory committee has been monitoring the levels from well sites some of those near a proposed sand mine in the Town of Otter Creek.

The committee is using the data to help re-write the county's groundwater manual.

The last manual was written in 1995 and with new data, the committee hopes to be able to identify groundwater concerns and how to best address those.

We want to get ahead of any possible problems," said committee chairman Jim Dunning. "So as other companies come into this area whether its a sand mine company or whether its a farmer that wants to irrigate. We want to be able to make sure that as a county we can support that water supply without affecting other people."

The committee will continue to collect data and hopes to have a new groundwater manual written by this time next year.

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