By Tim Kowols
Farmer and Kewaunee CARES founder Lynn Utesch believes changes to the manure handling rules for areas with karst geology are just a starting point towards getting real improvement for Kewaunee County’s groundwater issues. The amended NR-151 rules for areas of karst geology include new standards for where and when manure can be spread on fields for all farmers. Utesch says these were the minimum standards outlined by the Kewaunee County Safe Water Drinking Act workgroups and believes more could have been done to have a bigger impact.
As a member of Clean Wisconsin, Kewaunee CARES was a part of a motion to intervene in a lawsuit between the Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources earlier this month. Since then according to the U.S. News and World Report, the DBA and the DNR have settled, with the state agency agreeing with farmers that recently installed vegetation patches were valid pollution control systems while the association dropped claims of its members were illegally required to obtain pollution permits.