By Tim Kowols
A two-hour presentation at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in June could be to thank for some of the positive momentum towards addressing the area’s water quality concerns. In the six months since Dr. Maureen Muldoon called Kewaunee County and the surrounding area a hydrogeologically bad place to put a lot of cows, a Total Maximum Daily Load study has been commissioned by the state to focus on the area’s watersheds and county officials passed a manure irrigation ordinance limiting how and even when farmers can spread nutrients on their fields. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says the presentation opened a lot of eyes.
Luft looks forward to 2018 when many of the recommendations made by the Kewaunee County/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources workgroups go up for board approval. 2017 also marked the official end of the county’s Groundwater Task Force, which was absorbed by its Land and Water Conservation Committee.