The Wednesday hearing by the Assembly’s Water Quality Task Force in Stevens Point shared research about the contamination of groundwater in Kewaunee County. The message from scientists who testified was that the nitrates from agricultural runoff are a serious health risk. USDA scientist Mark Borchardt, who recently spoke in Door and Kewaunee County, says agricultural practices must change in order to protect the groundwater in the state. In an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com last month, Borchardt said residents on the peninsula are well aware of the steps needed to protect area water resources.
Borchardt testified at the hearing that the depth of the wells in Kewaunee County had no effect on whether or not the water was contaminated. He added though that the proximity to cropland appeared to be a direct connection.