The WI State Senate has approved a bill that would modify high-capacity well regulation. The final vote was 19-13 to approve the bill.
The body was poised to pass the bill Tuesday but Democrats used a procedural move to delay the vote. The measure would exempt well repairs, replacement, reconstruction and ownership transfers from state oversight. It would also call for a study of watersheds in Wisconsin’s Central Sands region.
MWFPA supports the measure as it will provide regulatory certainty for farmers who rely on high-capacity wells to irrigate their crops and hydrate livestock. Other organizations supporting the legislation are the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.
WI State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he expects that chamber to take up the newly amended bill next month.