By Tim Kowols
Members of Kewaunee County’s Land and Water Conservation committee have differing views on a plan that could lead to more manure digesters in the area. Governor Scott Walker announced last week his direction of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, Public Service Commission, and Department of Trade and Consumer Protection to make recommendations and request for proposals for the technology. Committee chairperson John Pagel has a digester on his farm, converting manure into cow bedding, fertilizer, and enough electricity to power Kewaunee and Casco. He was encouraged by the news following Gov. Walker’s announcement.
Fellow committee member Lee Luft says more research on the technology and its impact on the area should be done so Kewaunee County can avoid a similar situation currently dividing a Colorado community.
A Request for Proposal is set to be sent in January for the public/private partnership that could cost between $10 and $20 million.