Low Groundwater Levels Concern Portage County Residents

Portage County says water levels in lakes and rivers across the area are going down because of groundwater usage.

This summer more water has been consumed by households and farms.

Irrigation of crops has accounted for a large percentage of the total water consumption.
The county says that has caused the water level in some rivers to fall to half of where they should be.

It is something that concerns Portage County Executive Patty Dreier.

"There is no restriction around our lakes and streams at this time that prevent us from drawing down these bodies of water that are important to our community and to our recreational resources. " Dreier says.

Many local farmers say they are finding ways to help conserve water. These steps include only watering at night and growing fruits and vegetables that are suited to grow in Portage County's sand filled soil.

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