DNR approval of well permit angers residents

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Neighbors of a proposed dairy farm in central Wisconsin are questioning whether Wisconsin officials are doing their jobs after the state approved high-capacity wells for the industrial-size facility.

Residents said the state Department of Natural Resources did an incomplete environmental analysis. They want the DNR to deny the well permit. But the agency said state laws limit its authority to consider the cumulative impact of wells on nearby waterways.

A Wisconsin State Journal report said the permit is for a proposed 4,300-cow dairy in the Town of Richfield, on the Adams-Waushara County border.

Neighbors said the high-capacity wells will draw too much water from nearby lakes. But officials with Milk Source Holdings, which would build the farm, said computer models show the effects on waterways would be minimal.