By Mark Kanz
The Kewaunee County Town of Lincoln isn’t waiting for others to decide what to do to improve the water quality. Last week, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Extension presented the town board with a preliminary report on groundwater mapping and contamination susceptibility of local wells. Lincoln Town Chair Cory Cochart says the town invested almost $40,000 with the County Land Information Services Department picking up about $20,000 of the cost of the two-year study. Cochart says the health and welfare of town residents is at stake and it is the board’s responsibility to find answers.
The final product will provide town leadership with scientific data about the underground aquifers that provide town residents with drinking water. The maps include data showing the townlands which are most susceptible to groundwater contamination. Cochart says the board will continue to gather information so it can make informed decisions. Work will begin immediately with the town’s planning committee to discuss stricter rules and stronger enforcement of rules already in existence.