Sunday , 11 December 2016

ONE-THIRD OF WELLS IN KEWAUNEE COUNTY UNSAFE FOR DRINKING WATER

More than one-third of wells in dairy farm-intensive Kewaunee County were found to be unsafe because they failed to meet health standards for drinking water, according to a new study. Researchers say it’s too early to blame cattle as the source of pollution. But the findings are significant because the northeastern Wisconsin county — where cows far outnumber people — has become the center of a growing controversy in Wisconsin over manure’s role in polluting ground and surface water. The results are from the first phase of research funded by the Department of Natural Resources to study pollution problems. In Kewaunee County, cattle numbers have grown sharply over two decades, and the amount of manure exceeds the waste generated by the human population of Milwaukee. Animal waste isn’t cleaned by sewage treatment plants, however. Manure is spread on farmland as fertilizer and has long been an accepted practice of replenishing the soil for growing crops. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/one-third-of-wells-in-kewaunee-county-unsafe-for-drinking-water-b99636500z1-363176361.html

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