By Tim Kowols
The Kewaunee County Board approved a resolution earlier this week supporting region-specific manure spreading rules. The proposed changes to the rules known as NR-151 take in account the studies done by the Kewaunee County Groundwater Collaborative Workgroups and others that have found a correlation between water contamination and the area’s karst geology. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says a lot of the concerns lay with smaller farmers, who may not be able to afford to stay in business if they need to find new land to apply their manure.
Residents interested in still making their case for and against the rules can make written comments to the Department of Natural Resources until October 4. Under the DNR’s timeline, the new rules could be published as law in the summer of 2018.