Number of PFAS-contaminated wells in Town of Campbell nears 200
Congressman Ron Kind lives on the island and says well owners need to weigh their options
TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT) The latest numbers from the Wisconsin DNR show 197 wells in the Town of Campbell have tested positive for PFAS contamination.
The DNR is providing safe water to anyone on the island who wants it. That’s a short-term solution.
The DNR is deciding where it will expand testing to determine the extent of contamination. Homeowners are wresting with their own decision.
“The hardest issue people face is whether they give up their private wells,” says U.S. Congressman Ron Kind.
PFAS was used to produce the firefighting foam sprayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport. The man-made compounds are linked to thyroid disease and cancer. PFAS is a forever chemical. It doesn’t break down easily.
The long-term solution likely will be finding a new water source, said Kind, adding, “That means a lot of people having to give up their private well,s and that’s a decision they are going to have to wrestle with and ultimately make.”
The Democratic congressman not only represents the area but also lives on the island, and his well tested positive for detectible levels of PFAS.
“There is nothing more frightful than realizing you don’t have access to clean drinking water,” Kind says.
He is following DNR’s the investigation closely, and like so many of his neighbors, weighing all of options on tap.
Gov. Tony Evers’ next budget includes money for PFAS mitigation. It is subject to legislative approval. Kind says there is also money available thought the recently passed American Recovery Act.
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