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DNR seeks comment on well proposal
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Public comment is being taken through Monday on environmental assessment of a high capacity well proposed for the Town of Platteville within 1,200 feet of two classified trout streams.

The Department of Natural Resources’ environmental assessment of the proposed well concludes that no significant adverse impacts to the trout streams or other waters of the state will occur. DNR has made a preliminary determination that an additional environmental impact statement will not be required.

“We completed a formal environmental assessment because of the short distance to classified trout water,” said Rachel Greve, a DNR hydrogeologist. “The proposal is for a relatively deep well with relatively low, seasonal water use, so our preliminary findings are that the impacts to surface water and existing wells will be minimal. We welcome any comments people may have about the assessment.”

Milestone Materials has proposed to construct a high capacity well within the Rosemeyer limestone quarry north of Grant County XX. The quarry property is within the City of Platteville and the Town of Platteville.

The proposed well is within 1,200 feet of two classified trout streams, Rountree Branch and an unnamed tributary. The high capacity well application indicates that the maximum daily pumping from the well would be 648,000 gallons during the two days of pond filling and that the pumping rate for the remaining 60 days of the operating season would be 81,000 gallons per day. Total annual water use for the well would be 6,156,000 gallons.

The environmental analysis that led to the DNR’s preliminary determination of no significant environmental impact can be found on the DNR’s website at or can be obtained from Rachel Greve, hydrogeologist, Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, WI 53707, (608) 267-7652, Comments on the analysis and DNR’s preliminary determination can be submitted to Greve at the listed mailing address, email, or via telephone.