Weather conditions last year caused a spike in water use in northern Wisconsin and statewide. That’s according to new numbers from the DNR water monitoring program.
DNR water supply specialist Bob Smail says in the northern part of the state one of the biggest increases in surface water use came from cranberry producers.
“Cranberry withdrawals were up. It was a very warm spring and a lot of growers in the state had to flood their beds to keep their plants from growing too early. So there was an additional withdrawal that they didn’t usually have.”