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Kewaunee County farmer, two others,  charged with overspreading manure  

The owner of a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Kewaunee County has been charged with conspiring to submit a forged report to the Wisconsin DNR. According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) news release, Dairy farmer Johannes Wakker, along with Greg Stodola, a hired manure hauler, and crop consultant Benjamin Koss, all face charges.  The complaint filed alleges that Stodola far exceeded the amount of manure spread on his farmland in late 2019 that his permit allowed for.  The amount so far exceeded Wakker’s permit it resulted in pollution discharges into tributaries leading to Lake Michigan with E. Coli bacteria.  The readings were as much as 100 times what would result in the closure of a public beach.  The DOJ complaint further states that Stodola created a document that grossly underreported the manure spread by over 1.9 million gallons.  The initial appearance in Kewaunee County Circuit Court will be on January 12, 2023, at 2 pm.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Wis-DNR) led the investigation, and the Criminal Litigation Unit of the Wisconsin DOJ Division of Legal Services is handling the prosecution.   

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