By Tim Kowols
Addressing the health of area surface waters took a step forward this week when the state’s Joint Finance Committee approved a Total Maximum Daily Load study to performed in waterways located in Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties. The TMDL study looks at the maximum amount of pollutant a body of water can handle before failing water quality standards. With many of the state’s impaired waterways located in Kewaunee County, First District Rep. Joel Kitchens says a TMDL Study in the Ahnapee Watershed and elsewhere in the region can go a far way.
Critics of the measure said earlier this year the four-year timeline of the TMDL study was too long for an area in need of immediate action. If approved, the watersheds covering the four-county region would be the state’s fifth such area.