By Tim Kowols
New manure handling rules in northeast Wisconsin have been in effect for over a month, but Kewaunee County hopes to be able to streamline the process when the Land and Water Conservation Committee meets on Tuesday. The new NR-151 rules enacted on July 1 restrict where, when, and how much manure can be spread on land sitting on thin soils. The rules were designed to help protect the area’s water which can be easily compromised. Land and Water Conservation Committee chairperson Chuck Wagner says they are not looking to make their ordinance stricter than state law, but rather allow the county to react quicker to potential violations.
The committee will discuss the changes to the county’s agricultural performance standards, known as Chapter 39, when it meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Luxemburg. The meeting will also mark the first time the committee has met since the Land and Water Conservation Department absorbed the Zoning Department last month.