Oppose SB 76: Death by a Thousand Straws
All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users—businesses, municipalities, farmers, fishermen, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more—pay the price. SB 76 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater overpumping in critical areas by granting “forever permits” for high capacity wells that are tied to the land. This prevents regular reviews by the DNR of on-the-ground conditions as they change. As a result, this bill will make it more difficult for local communities to address serious groundwater over pumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.