By Tim Kowols
The Town of Lincoln in Kewaunee County took proactive measures Monday night to try to protect their groundwater for the future. The town board voted 3-0 to approve a resolution placing a moratorium on the construction and expansion of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Lincoln for the next two years. An amendment will be discussed at its October meeting allowing CAFOs to enter development agreements with the town for projects improving operations without adding animals. Town chairperson Cory Cochart says it is trying to keep matters in their own hands after the Department of Natural Resources approved a permit for a nearby farm to potentially double in size.
Cochart says the moratorium would give the town two years to look over their ordinances and see if additional changes need to be made. Over the last year, the Town of Lincoln has begun a pilot study for whole house water systems and has mapped its area for groundwater contamination.