Monday , 25 September 2017

BAYFIELD COUNTY PRESSES STATE FOR MORE AUTHORITY TO PROTECT WATER RESOURCES FROM FARM RUNOFF

Bayfield County is looking for more leeway from the state to protect water quality from potential farm runoff, but state officials say their hands are tied to the letter of the law. Iowa-based Reicks View Farms plans to build a farm for 26,000 hogs in the county. Bayfield County passed an ordinance last year that went beyond state standards for manure storage to protect a watershed there from large farms, but the state rejected it. County leaders met with officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources last week to discuss their concerns. Bayfield County Board Supervisor Fred Strand said state standards aren’t always adequate to protect water resources. Counties can implement more stringent standards, but they have to prove to the state that they’re needed to achieve water quality standards. http://www.wpr.org/bayfield-county-presses-state-more-authority-protect-water-resources-farm-runoff

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