By Tim Kowols
The rule-making process for proposed manure spreading limitations in northeastern Wisconsin is an example of how the Dairy Business Association would like to see the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources make changes regarding farming. The DBA is suing the DNR for going around Wisconsin law and issuing “guidance documents” to change and enforce certain regulations such as the pollutant discharge permit process and vegetative treatment areas near calf hutches and feed lots. DBA Director of Government Affairs John Holevoet says they would rather see a process similar to what was used to develop the new manure spreading limits for northeast Wisconsin, which included a committee involving UW-Oshhosh professor and Kewaunee County water quality presenter Dr. Maureen Muldoon and local government officials.
The lawsuit is still upsetting for those that were involved in the multi-year DNR/Kewaunee County workgroups regarding water quality. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft said in an email the lawsuit puts the debate of the DBA’s “intent to fight and avoid even current regulations aimed at trying to protect our ground and surface waters” to rest.