Groups join forces in effort to seal abandoned wells

Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA), 2014-04-15

GALENA, Ill. - The Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation office, county health department and League of Women Voters are collaborating to seal abandoned wells in the county.

SWCD recently received an anonymous private donation to cover 80 percent of the well-sealing expense, up to $600 per well, while funding lasts. Subsidies will be offered to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those interested in taking part should complete an application form available at and return it to the SWCD office.

Health department officials then will contact eligible applicants to measure the well depth and review the site.

For information, call Matt Calvert at the health department at 815-777-0283 or Mike Malon at the SWCD office at 815-858-3418, ext. 111.