By Tim Kowols
Both sides of the groundwater debate in Kewaunee County believe the information presented during Wednesday’s presentation in Luxemburg provides a good starting for initiating change in the area. The yearlong study conducted by Dr. Mark Borchardt from the United State Department of Agriculture showed the contamination of wells by both manure spreading and leaking septic tanks. Lynn Utesch pointed to the contamination of wells by bovine-borne viruses as a reason to start dealing with all the issues and being realistic about it.
Don Niles from Peninsula Pride Farms says the information gives his group of farmers the knowledge base needed to refine their practices to get better results.
Borchardt reported Wednesday that 26 to 28 percent of the private wells are positive for total coliform, E. Coli, or nitrates, with those number varying based on the soil depth to bedrock.