Groundwater recommendations head to Kewaunee County Board

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The Kewaunee County Board plans Thursday to consider an unconditional endorsement of the recommendations that received majority support from three work groups that studied groundwater contamination in the county.

The resolution is among several on the agenda when the board meets at 6 p.m. at the county Administrative Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.

The board’s Soil & Water Conservation Committee voted 4-0 on Jan. 3 to send the consensus recommendations to the full County Board for approval.

The work groups were established by the state Department of Natural Resources and were comprised of a broad range of citizens with a direct interest in the groundwater issues facing the county. They spent more than a year developing the recommendations.

Many of the suggestions for short-term solutions, compliance, and best management practices have already been implemented by county officials, but getting the full County Board to approve the list will make state agencies and legislators aware that “this is what Kewaunee County wants,” Supervisor Chuck Wagner said at the Jan. 3 meeting.

County Conservationist Davina Bonness said the recommendations, developed in a series of meetings by several workgroups over a period of months, represent a consensus of a very diverse group of stakeholders in the groundwater contamination issue.

“We had CAFOS, we had non-CAFOs, we had haulers, we had DNR and DATCP, we had everybody represented so there wasn’t a group that wasn’t at the table,” Bonness said.

“This has been out there long enough, I think enough people have seen it, and I think it’s time to move this stuff forward,” Wagner said.

Other items on the agenda include annual reports from Veterans Service Officer Jane Babcock and County Administrator Scott Feldt.

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