Abandoned Wells Program
Why It Matters
Abandoned wells can present a serious threat to the environment, as well as to human health and safety. Negative effects of abandoned wells include the following:
Ground Water Concerns: Over time, the casings of abandoned wells deteriorate, rust, and creating holes. These holes allow pesticides, herbicides, and all types of poisons to leach into precious groundwater.
Health Concerns: Abandoned crock wells are very large; they can be up to 5 ft. in diameter. They allow contaminates to enter our groundwater, be filled with a watery sludge, and be many feet deep.
Safety Concerns: Abandoned wells are a serious threat to humans and animals. There are many cases of humans and animals being trapped in these wells.
How We Can Help
If you have an abandoned well on your property, the District can assist you with the cost of properly closing it through our cost-sharing program!
We will cost share up to $225.00 for wells up to 2” and $375.00 for wells up to 5” in diameter. We only work with licensed well drillers. If you have a well that needs closed, contact a licensed well driller in Isabella County for an estimate.
This program is for Isabella County residents only and is paid for by 2% funds awarded to the conservation district from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.