By Tim Kowols
The coordination involved in addressing water quality in Kewaunee County both in the public and private sector is the biggest takeaway of 2017 for Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee Chairperson John Pagel. In 2017, the Kewaunee County Board passed a manure irrigation ordinance giving uniform regulations across the entire area instead of specific townships. Pagel says different workgroups like Peninsula Pride Farms, UW Discovery Farms, and Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farms Network working together with the Department of Natural Resources and the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department also gives him hope that they are on the right track.
Further changes to how manure is handled in areas like Kewaunee County with karst geology could occur next month when the Natural Resources Board takes up the issue at their January meeting after delaying a decision on new rules this month.