Friday, March 4, 2016

Conservation official wants WI manure spraying permit

Kewaunee County, WI is ground zero in the fight for clean water in rural Wisconsin, yet it has gotten even crazier there:
At a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public hearing last week county officials, environmentalists and residents protested a permit request by Kewaunee County's Land and Water Conservation Committee Chairman John Pagel that would allow him to spray liquid manure on fields owned or rented throughout the county by his large dairy operation in West Kewaunee. 
If approved, it would be the first time that liquid manure is sprayed in the county... 
Pagel owns Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee.  The dairy's concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permit is up for renewal and would allow him to continue operating a dairy farm with approximately 9,532 animal units and to spread the cow manure on 8,133 acres he owns or rents from other landowners.


Anonymous said...

Wow. That's less than an acre per cow and on Karst yet.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, Republicans don't typically ask for manure permits to spread their toxic rhetorical crap. This 'pug is showing a refreshing sense of honesty seeking a permit before heaping mass quantities of conservative bullsh!t into the statewide right-wing echo chamber and dishonest media that blankets the Badger State.

I'd say this particular Republican be given credit for acknowledging what he talking points actually are before catapulting this crap across Wisconsin.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a conflict of interest in there somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Lynn Utesch of Algoma on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Wisconsin's 1st State Assembly District, which covers all of Door County, most of Kewaunee County and part of Brown County.

A farmer, veteran and clean water advocate, Utesch is running as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by state Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, who has not yet announced whether he will run for a second two-year term in November.

"For too long elected officials have told us what we can't do," Utesch said. "We need elected officials who not only can tell us what we can do but who actually listen to the concerns of their constituents."

Speaking to a group of about 30 friends and supporters, Utesch said Kitchens has had two years to work on the counties' environmental, health and other issues and "he has yet to produce a bill that is strong enough to deal with issues in our district."

State Sen. David Hansen, D-Green Bay, and Kewaunee County Democratic Party Chair Mary Dobbins attended the event at the Algoma home of Dale and Mary Goodner, which overlooks Lake Michigan.

Utesch is a founder of the environmental advocacy group, Kewaunee CARES (Citizens Advocating Responsible Stewardship). He and his wife, Nancy, have strongly criticized the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies for what they say is a lack of transparency and failure to produce solutions to groundwater and surface water pollution in the three-county area.

"The ongoing attack on local control by the Legislature in Madison, which limits the rights of local communities and voters, has left hardworking Wisconsinites feeling threatened and voiceless in a process that is not transparent and open to public dialogue," Utesch said. "Fast track bills and late night sessions obstructing public participation and representation must end."