Little Plover River

Wisconsin

Little Plover River
Wisconsin

Threat: Outdated water management
At risk: Fish habitat and water supply

Summary
The Little Plover River flows six miles from clear, cold headwater springs before joining the Wisconsin River. However, dramatic increases in groundwater withdrawals have reduced river flows. Once prized for native brook trout and popular with anglers, the river’s flow has decreased to levels that threaten the persistence of fish populations. In the past decade, portions of the Little Plover River were repeatedly sucked dry, making the river the unfortunate poster child for Wisconsin’s inadequate groundwater management. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must adequately manage High Capacity Water Wells to safeguard the Little Plover and other rivers and lakes across the state.

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  • Douglas Heckaman

    I am always surprised by peoples lack of concern or ignorance of groundwater management. Recently in nearby South Bend, In an ethenol plant shut down and as a result the water table came back up by several FEET. When the water table returned to normal it began flooding some neighborhood basements and the local government solution is to resume pumping at the closed down plant to purposely drop water levels, rediculous.

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