Over the weekend I'd noted
that local officials and activists were stepping up their regulatory efforts to monitor and manage groundwater in the public interest because Walker's DNR had punted in favor of laissez-faire corporate favoritism.
Now, a fresh, encouraging development
in a high-profile big dairy expansion:
SARATOGA – The Saratoga Town Board is expected to consider a contract that would allow the installation of 10 monitoring wells — costing about $60,000 — around the Wysocki Dairy Farm at a meeting Wednesday…to detect whether the proposed concentrated animal feeding operation would hydraulically or chemically affect the local groundwater flow system…
The wells would be tested for the presence of phosphorous, pesticides, herbicides, coliforms, total dissolved solids, total organic nitrogen, ammonia, chemical oxygen demand, nitrate nitrogen and chloride.
The Wysocki Family of Cos.’ initial dairy proposal includes 4,000 milking and dry cows, 300 heifers and 1,000 calves, for a total of 5,300 animals. Plans also call for about 6,400 acres of crops and 49 high-capacity wells. The Saratoga project was announced in 2012.