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Big farms raise water concerns

2:00 AM, Mar. 23, 2013
Many Saratoga residents are concerned a proposed large-scale dairy operation could have a negative effect on their well water.
Many Saratoga residents are concerned a proposed large-scale dairy operation could have a negative effect on their well water.
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With a proposed large-scale dairy causing many town residents to worry about its effect on water quality, groundwater experts say some concerns are valid but others are not as warranted.

The main factors when determining water quality are the level of nitrates and the amount of residue left from pesticide use, said George Kraft, a professor of water resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and director of both the Center for Watershed Science and Education and the Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center.

"If we're talking about sandy areas (such as in south Wood and Portage ...

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