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Water topics

Still Waters, credit: Eric Poggemann

photo credit: Eric Poggemann (Port Washington)

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Water resources are the foundation for Wisconsin’s economy, environment and quality of life. Managing, conserving and restoring them for the benefit of Wisconsin citizens now and in the future is a big job, and one that DNR staff share with local governments, citizens and businesses.

Agribusiness and CAFOs
  • Wisconsin’s beaches provide wildlife habitat, recreation areas and tourist destinations.
Dam safety
  • There are approximately 3,800 dams in Wisconsin.
Drinking water
  • The DNR works to provide Wisconsin residents with safe, clean drinking water.
  • A Floodplain is land that has been or may be covered by floodwater during a regional flood.
Great Lakes
Groundwater montioring well
  • Approximately two thirds of the people living in Wisconsin get their drinking water from groundwater.
Impaired waters
cows standing in a stream
Nonpoint source runoff
Rivers & streams
  • In addition to their natural beauty, Wisconsin’s shoreland areas protect water quality, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife habitat and areas for recreational activities.
Storm water runoff
  • Storm water runoff contains pollutants from roads, parking lots, construction sites, industrial storage yards and lawns.
Surface water
  • Wisconsin residents are fortunate to live in a state bountiful with natural resources, including our many surface waters.
  • Wisconsin regulates municipal and industrial operations discharging wastewater to surface or groundwaters.
Water use
  • Sustainable water use is critical for a healthy environment and economy.
Watersheds & basins
Children playing on the
  • Help preserve and protect our waterways for current enjoyment and future generations.
Wells (public & private)
  • Help keep Wisconsin wells safe and dependable sources of water.
Wetland flowers
  • Help protect, restore and explore Wisconsin’s wetlands.

Last revised: Thursday January 22 2015