By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County will wait on the Natural Resources Board’s decision on new manure handling rules for sensitive area before discussing instituting a moratorium on herd expansion. The modified rules, known as NR-151, would limit where and when manure could be spread in areas like Kewaunee County where the fractured bedrock and thin soils makes the region susceptible to groundwater contamination. The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee took up the issue at its Tuesday meeting after recent permit hearings renewed the call for operations to stop expanding until the county can get a grasp on its water concerns. Committee member Lee Luft requested the discussion and says they want to see what NR-151 changes and its own recently passed ordinance do for improving water conditions first before instituting more rules.
Kewaunee County became the first county in the state last year to pass an ordinance regarding manure irrigation. Luft plans on heading to Madison on Wednesday to take in the Natural Resources Board meeting when the new NR-151 rules will be discussed.