Professor: Little Plover River Levels Below “Healthy”
(Courtesy of the USGS)
UWSP Professor George Kraft sent this to City-Times staff to show water levels in the Little Plover River are below “healthy flow” levels once again.
“Lots of attention being paid to groundwater these days,” said Kraft in an email. “To listen to some you’d think we fixed the problem.”
Kraft said that’s far from the case.
The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources set a “public rights flow” or “healthy flow” level for the Little Plover about 8 years ago, and that was the goal for all water consumers who pumped from the river to keep water levels at this healthy flow.
“But instead the Little Plover (River) has been below this flow more than it has been above,” Kraft said.
Flows were above the healthy level in April but have since diminished, as seen in this charge from the United Stated Geological Survey gauge at Eisenhower Road in Plover.