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County questioned on spill response

How to get information out more quickly is one question that came from a manure run-off incident last week in southern Door County. Following a report of manure running off of a field in Kolberg, county officials sent a letter out to residents potentially affected by the incident. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says they usually wait until there is a complaint about colored or smelly water before they send out a letter, but did so anyway because the run-off hit a nearby ditch. Some citizens questioned the strategy, citing a possible delay in the mail being received while wells and other sources of water possibly become affected. Pabich says the county could have implemented its Code Red Alert System to warn residents, but even that has its shortcomings.

County officials will follow the lead of Kewaunee County next month when it discusses the manure spreading and storage emergency affecting the region after receiving a record amount of precipitation in 2019.  The first discussion will occur at the Land Conservation Committee meeting on January 9th.

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