By Tim Kowols
Warm summer water temperatures and higher than acceptable state levels for phosphorus are to blame for the continued deteriorating health of the East Twin River and neighboring streams according to a study presented to the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee earlier this week. Committee Chairperson Chuck Wagner told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that the report contained no surprises, but was disheartened to see the East Twin River’s outlook worsen from previous tests done in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The river will remain on the state’s impaired waters list due to the high phosphorus levels and other factors. Wagner suggests there are ways to improve the water quality with a little patience.
Comments at the meeting were directed at chloride discharges from the nearby Agropur cheese plant and its impact on the East Twin River, but Wagner says a Department of Natural Resources engineer told the committee of possible plans by the company to install a chilling tower to cool down the discharge before it is released into the stream.