Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft believes the area is ahead of the game when it comes to addressing nitrate contamination in water. Governor Tony Evers announced Wednesday his plans to direct state agencies to develop new standards for nitrates found in ground and surface waters. The move comes about a year after the state passed new NR-151 rules, which places limits on where, when, and how much manure can be spread. According to Wisconsin Conservation Voters, drinking water with high nitrate levels has been linked to different kinds of cancer, diabetes, and thyroid conditions. Even though not a lot of specifics to the plan are available, Luft says it is important to develop a baseline on where water quality is across the state, something Kewaunee County already has thanks to numerous studies.
Luft lauded efforts already underway by area farmers and the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department for helping address some of the concerns.