December 16, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
Western Wisconsin Groundwater to be Featured on The West Side December 22
The preliminary findings of a five year study that is being conducted to evaluate the impact of frac sand mining and irrigated agriculture in western Chippewa County will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, December 22 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
The study, which started in the fall of 2012 in response to citizen concerns for the conservation of groundwater and stream levels, is in its second year of exploration. The project is studying the hydrogeologic system, pumping rates from high-capacity wells, and the time it takes water to feed back into the wells.
Host Rich Kremer will welcome Michael Parsen, a hydrogeologist with Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey; Bob Smail, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources water supply specialist; and Katherine Grote, an associate professor of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The experts will cover the study’s findings, characteristics of the existing groundwater flow system and ways to improve water conservation.
The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.
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