- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill to relax state oversight on high-capacity water well repairs and transfers.

Under the Republican measure, people wouldn’t need Department of Natural Resources approval to repair, replace or transfer ownership of an existing well.

The measure would require the DNR to study the central sands region’s watershed and recommend whether special measures on groundwater withdrawals are needed to protect water levels. New well owners and people who replace, rebuild or transfer wells in the region would have to submit water usage readings.

People harmed by shrinking water levels caused by another person’s withdrawal could bring a nuisance action against the withdrawer.

The Assembly approved the bill 57-35 Thursday. Republican Rep. Scott Krug voted against his own proposal, saying he thinks it still falls short.

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