By Tim Kowols
An environmental public interest organization says Wednesday’s test results from Kewaunee County wells is more proof that more needs to be done to protect the area’s groundwater. Midwest Environmental Advocates first petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 on behalf of Kewaunee County residents to request federal action on area groundwater contamination concerns. The MEA said in a press release that even though testing funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources showed wells were contaminated by both bovine and human sources, industrial-scale farms must still take responsibility for the large amount of manure they spread on their fields. Staff attorney Sarah Geers says officials at the state and federal levels need to use this report as a red flag.
Three rounds of testing in Kewaunee County has generated 44 positive tests for contamination out of 82 randomly selected wells, with 26 linked to bovines and 18 to humans. Another 30 wells will be randomly selected next month to conclude the over year-long study.