Photo courtesy Tony Penterman

KAUKAUNA — A new monitoring well in Kaukauna will help state scientists better understand groundwater trends as part of a statewide network of test sites.

Residents recently asked about the drilling project in a post on the Kaukauna Community Facebook group.

In a response Thursday, Kaukauna Mayor Tony Penterman said the La Follette Park well will provide critical information about water-level trends in a region of the state where few monitoring wells currently exist.

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, or WGNHS, is working closely with the city of Kaukauna to install a long-term monitoring well in La Follette Park, Penterman said.

The WGLMN dates back to 1946 when the Wisconsin State Legislature formally established a groundwater-monitoring network and water levels collected from these wells to help scientists and managers evaluate effects of well pumping, the response of groundwater levels to drought or increased precipitation and effects of land-use change on groundwater resources.

Well drilling and installation is expected to last 2-3 days and will involve intermittent grinding and banging as a hole is drilled into bedrock and steel casing is advanced below ground.

This may be loud at times but will be confined to weekdays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Penterman said.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.