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Environmental Group: Manure Rules on the Right Track
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/12/2018

One of the state's largest environmental groups says the revised manure spreading rule announced by the Department of Natural Resources moves the state in the right direction to begin addressing the drinking water contamination crisis in northeast Wisconsin. Clean Wisconsin--a group made up of 30,000 members, supporters and coalition partners--said the new Natural Resources 151 standards are especially good for Kewaunee County, where a large number of tested private wells were found to contain bacteria and nitrate pollution.

"These protections are an important step to address the drinking water problem in Northeast Wisconsin, and they move us in the right direction toward ensuring families can drink the water from their taps," said Scott Laeser, the group's water program director. "The state will need to commit to other actions to fully address this ongoing issue, but these protections lay out steps that can help reduce drinking water contamination."

NR151 gives direction as to where, when, and how farmers can spread manure on fields in parts of the state where the porous bedrock and shallow soils make groundwater and surface waters vulnerable to runoff pollution from manure.

The DNR board announced it will take up the rule for approval at its January meeting in Madison. The public is encouraged to attend and testify in support of the rule.

NR 151 was first implemented in 2011 to help keep lakes and streams cleaner by controlling phosphorus and run-off pollution.

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