By Tim Kowols
Tuesday’s vote by the Kewaunee County Board to adopt the state’s new NR-151 rules as a local ordinance represents the latest win for those that participated in workgroups just a couple years ago. Looking to change the tune of groundwater contamination in the area, Kewaunee County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collaborated to form workgroups to discuss the issues plaguing the area and develop possible solutions. The workgroups contained stakeholders from all walks of life including farmers and environmentalists. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft sat in on countless meetings of the workgroups. He is excited to see what other recommendations are implemented after Tuesday’s unanimous approval.
The new county ordinance allows local law enforcement to act on possible manure spreading violations on land with thin ttopsoilsrather than wait for DNR intervention.