By Tim Kowols
Peninsula Pride Farms welcomed British expertise in late October to share ideas on how to approach groundwater concerns in each other’s countries. Tim Stephens is a senior groundwater catchment adviser with Wessex Water, working with farmers southwest of England dealing with similar concerns with nitrates and pesticides in their drinking water. Visiting the United States as a part of a scholarship, Stephens says he was drawn to Door and Kewaunee Counties because of the farmer-led initiative and to look at their practices as it relates to the area’s groundwater concerns.
Stephens is also seeing farms in his area drop in number but grow in size as the need to be efficient increases. He reminded Peninsula Pride Farms members they are not alone in their issues.
Wessex Water has 14 catchments, or drainage basins, designated as Drinking Safeguard Zones and keep a close eye on through efforts with farmers.