NorthLakes Community Clinic has been partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) since July, 2018 to distribute free well water testing kits at all of their clinic locations as part of a new study to document levels of naturally-occurring fluoride and metals in groundwater.
The project, which was made possible by a $55,626 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the Groundwater Coordinating Council aims to test 700 water samples from privately-owned wells for fluoride concentration and 111 additional samples for the metals arsenic, iron, manganese, aluminum, and lead. This study is taking place within 11 counties in northwest Wisconsin, including, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Price, Rusk, Barron, and Polk.
Citizen scientists and interested residents who volunteer to participate in the study will be given a free sample kit and will receive test results and resources for interpreting them. The results of the study will be integrated into the Wisconsin Well Water Quality Viewer (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point), which is available online, and will be shared at public presentations through the 11-county study area.
Residents interested in participating in the study should pick up their free sample kit from the following clinic locations that still have kits available: Balsam Lake, Birchwood, Hayward – River’s Edge Drive, Iron River, and Washburn. Please call ahead to ensure clinic staff will be available at the time of sample kit pickup; ask for the groundwater monitoring study sample kit.