By Tim Kowols
A Marquette University associate professor in biological sciences believes a multi-faceted approach is needed to help mitigate the concerns of contaminated water in Kewaunee County. Dr. Krassimira Hristova spoke at a presentation hosted in Algoma last week by environmental group Kewaunee Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship discussing her studies of waterways in Kewaunee County. During her study, she found the water to be dangerous to humans for recreational use due antibiotic-resistant bacteria and high levels of nitrates, E.Coli and other contaminants. Hristova says many of the issues facing Kewaunee County waterways sits in its sediment.
According to Hristova, cover cropping and a planned biodigester are nice ideas to help address water quality concerns, but only as a part of a multi-faceted approach to the issue. Her study is expected to be published this summer.