The 2017 Portage County Groundwater Management Plan was adopted by the Portage County Board of Supervisors on July . Click here to view the 2017 Groundwater Management Plan.
Portage County’s Groundwater Management Plan was originally drafted in 1988, with an update completed in 2004. The 2004 version of the management plan can be found here.
The Portage County Groundwater Citizens Advisory Committee (GCAC) has worked since 2015 to update the Groundwater Management Plan. The Plan assesses the current quality and quantity of the groundwater resources (including trends); identifies the uses and users that depend on this resource; discusses vulnerabilities to contamination and depletion; categorizes the impacts and conflicts related to these uses, and considers potential impacts of changes in uses; and provides options and recommendations for mediating conflicts based on groundwater sustainability.
The public was encouraged to provide feedback and comments on the draft management plan August through October 2016. The feedback and comments were gathered, discussed by GCAC and incorporated into the document. A table of all the feedback received and how it was addressed within the draft management plan can be found below. The public will once again have an opportunity to provide feedback and/or comment on the plan at a formal Public Hearing.
The Portage County Planning and Zoning, the Land and Water Conservation, and the Agriculture and Extension Education Committees recommended the Portage County Groundwater Management Plan for recommendation to the Portage County Board of Supervisors on June 26, 2017 . The 2017 Portage County Groundwater Management Plan was adopted by the Portage County Board of Supervisors on July 18, 2017 and was signed by the Portage County Executive on July 20, 2017.
The Plan is currently labeled as Chapter 5 as the document will become a Chapter in the Portage County Comprehensive Plan.