Wis. DNR offering grant money for well construction, abandonment

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Grant applications are open for Wisconsinites needing help with their well.

The state is putting $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds towards a well compensation and abandonment program.

This money is for landowners and residents, not local governments or school districts.

Landowners can use the money for replacing, reconstructing, treating, or abandoning wells.

According to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, Preston D. Cole, there are roughly 800,000 wells in the state, and many are in bad shape.

“We know that families, typically young families or senior citizens that live with wells that are crumbling, they don’t have access to capital to put their wells in good condition,” says Sec. Cole.

You can get up to $16,000 to help fix or abandon a well.

The DNR has application forms and more information on its website.