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Groundwater war pits Wisconsin farmers against fish

For a state with about 15,000 lakes and more than a quadrillion gallons of groundwater, it’s hard to believe that water could ever be in short supply, but in Wisconsin’s Central Sands, the expansion of high-capacity wells is drawing down groundwater and the water levels in lakes and streams. Officials at DNR say that legally, they cannot block new wells based on the impacts from existing wells and a new budget amendment suggests that lawmakers want to keep it that way.