By Tim Kowols
The Kewaunee County Board sent a strong message to Madison this week supporting its conservation department. By a 19-0 vote, the board voted in favor of a resolution supporting keeping funding level or even increasing the budget for county conservation departments. The initial 2017-2019 budget has more dollars from the state leaving the department as it follows a downward trend that started over a decade ago. Kewaunee County Board and Land and Water Conservation member Lee Luft says protecting ground and surface water was a big focus of his at Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days earlier this month.
The current biennial budget has about $8 million going towards county conservation departments statewide, which is down from $9.3 million in previous budgets.