Ground Water Issues

During July 2015, the Town of Forestville and several surrounding communities teamed up with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education to offer its residents a chance to participate in a well water testing program.

Residents, who were interested, registered to participate in advance. Each registered resident was able to select the type of testing for their private well from the following three tests offered.

  • Homeowners Package - Included tests for nitrate and coliform bacteria, the two most important tests to perform on a private well, as well as pH, alkalinity, hardness, conductivity, corrosivity and chloride.
  • Metals Package - Tested for arsenic, lead, copper, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium and sulfate
  • DACT Screen - A screening tool for diaminochlorotriazine (DACT), which is a breakdown component of the commonly used corn herbicide atrazine.

More than 85% of the participating resident well owners chose more than one testing package.

On August 31, 2015 an educational program was presented at the Forestville Town Hall by University water quality specialist Kevin Masarik who discussed how to interpret the water testing results and talked about overall water quality in the Town of Forestville and surrounding communities.

A summary report for the Town of Forestville was provided following the meeting and can be viewed here:

Summary forestville_2015

You can download area maps for the individual component results here