On March 25, the DNR issued an interim, water advisory for all private wells on French Island regardless of whether wells have been tested. The DNR will be providing water to private residences (read below for details). The DNR will select a limited number of private wells. A webpage is launched. You can sign up for email and texts. They will have informational meetings, particularly one in April.

Map of well and testing results as of March 25:


  • Notes: DNR webinar on PFAS from March 25 here >>
    • WI Dept of Health Services is reviewing well sample results will be doing additional testing to better identify areas of concern
    • DNR & Health Services (DHS) both believe the extent of PFAS contamination is undetermined and hence issued the area-wide drinking water advisory, which allows the state to identify alternative drinking supplies.
    • They recommend private wells testing above DHS recommended groundwater standards use alternative water sources for drinking, cooking, and other consumptive purposes
      • They believe below this level, continued consumption is not expected to be harmful. "The DHS recommended groundwater standards for PFAS were developed at levels for the general population including infants and other sensitive populations."
    • DHS's Role:
      • Determining the safe levels in water
      • ID exposure pathways at specific sites
      • Make recommendations to prevent exposure
      • Educate communities
    • Safe Drinking Water
      • Private residences do not need to have a private well tested to receive water.
        • Ineligible: businesses (bars, churches, schools, commercial businesses, & churches). The DNR will be reaching out with options.
      • Carryout Cases of Bottled Water
        • Contact the Town to get water
      • 5-Gallon Bottled Water from Culligan - DNR supplied with a signed agreement here >> or via paper at the Campbell Town Hall
        • Return forms to [email protected] or with the town Clerk Cassie Hanan
        • NOTE: you can request a bottom-loading dispenser (if unable to lift a 5-lb bottle)
  • Health & Environmental Impacts of PFAS here >>



Housing Concerns


Landlord-Tenant Complaints

La Crosse Quick Guide to Renting: includes discrimination, fair housing, code enforcement, dispute resolution, housing resources HERE >>

WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection: File a complaint about a landlord HERE >>

Housing & Urban Development: rental help HERE >>




City of La Crosse Fair Housing / Human Rights Commission: It is unlawful for any person to be denied housing on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political activity, familial status or student status.


State of Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Fair Housing Law protects the rights of people in the rental or purchase of housing. It is unlawful to discriminate against a person in housing because of that person's protected class. 



Affordable Housing

The La Crosse Housing Authority

promotes adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a sustainable living environment free from discrimination.

  • Public Housing Income guidelines are set by the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Some properties may include additional factors include age, disability, or immigration status. Rent is set at 30% of your household income minus possible deductions. Income is limited to $43,050 for single-person households and $49,200 for households of two.
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Provides rental assistance to those meeting income guidelines to those renting in the private rental market. The program pays no more than 30% of monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities. Income of applicants generally cannot exceed 50% of the median income for the area, which is $25,200 (one person) up to $47,550 (eight people). 



Home Ownership/Repair/Improvements

  • Marine Credit Union Foundation's Finding HOME program provides free financial education to individuals and families with barriers to homeownership. Graduates receive access to a market-rate mortgage that fits their budget. MORE INFO >>
  • La Crosse Promise provides up to $50,000 in educational scholarships, up to $50,000 in grants to acquire and prepare a property. Receive up to $40,000 for renovation projects. Live in a new home close to downtown. Receive local employer incentives such as loan forgiveness. MORE INFO >>
  • La Crosse County Acquisition & Demolition Grant + Solid Waste Disposal Grant: these two programs help fill a financial gap for redeveloping properties and deteriorating homes in mature neighborhoods. MORE INFO >>
  • Couleecap: a loan greater than $1,000, provided at 0% interest that is paid when the home is sold, refinanced, or no longer the primary residence. It can be used on roof, siding, plumbing, or electrical repairs, plus lead paint removal, accessibility for people with disabilities, and energy efficiency improvements (including window replacement)
  • WHEDA Foreclosure Prevention: loans to assist you. MORE INFO >>
  • WHEDA Refi Advantage Loan: borrowers with a current WHEDA loan can refinance if they have 3% equity or more in their home. MORE INFO >>
  • Veterans Home Loans MORE INFO >>