By Tim Kowols
While obtaining important information from Total Daily Maximum Load studies could be good for area waterways in the long term, some Kewaunee County residents are worried about what will happen while they wait for their completion. Department of Natural Resources officials met with Kewaunee County residents at an informational session earlier this week in Algoma to discuss the proposed TMDL program for the region, which would look at how much pollutants can end up in a waterway before its quality begins to diminish. Town of Lincoln resident Jodi Parins says the studies could take up to four years to complete while waterways like the Ahnapee River need help now.
Parins is calling on the state to have a moratorium on farm expansions until after the TMDL studies are completed. If approved, the studies of the Lake Michigan tributaries in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties would be the state’s fifth TMDL region.