By Tim Kowols
The aquatic life in parts of the East Twin River in Kewaunee County is suffering as a result of pollution according to a recent survey completed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The survey found in parts of the East Twin River that aquatic life is abundant, but the less tolerant it is of pollution the more likely it is to be in lower numbers or completely disappeared. It becomes even more apparent when the river goes through times of the year with acute levels of toxicity. Studies also show high levels of phosphorus and warm water temperatures that will keep the East Twin River on the impaired waters list. Kewaunee County Board Member Lee Luft says the study gives them direction on what to do next.
Luft says the study also confirmed the work of clean water action volunteers over the years and that much of the pollution in the East Twin River is from runoff from surrounding land.