By Tim Kowols
Rep. Joel Kitchens says a plan to build a manure digester in Kewaunee County is a step in the right direction, but is not the final solution to solving the area’s water issues. Gov. Scott Walker announced last week his directive to three state agencies to develop recommendations and a send a Request for Proposal for the biogas plant that could provide renewable energy for the region and manure spreading relief for farmers. The Sturgeon Bay Republican says more work still needs to be done to address the water issues in the karst regions of Door and Kewaunee County.
Project estimates for the manure digester in Kewaunee County is currently at $10 to $20 million with much of that money coming from the Public Service Commission’s Focus on Energy program. The Request for Proposal is expected to be made public in January.