An insert in the Kewaunee Star News, Saturday, April 20, makes the case for a need for serious change in policy to better protect and sustain surface and groundwater supplies in Kewaunee County.
Filed under General Information
Tagged as animal factories, family farms, manure, water pollution
Having read the insert in the Kewaunee Star all I have to saw is WOW. Never have I read such a grossly inaccurate one sided article in my entire life. Having worked in the ag industry for more than 20 years and reading the article it is mind boggling to me how someone can dilbertly mislead someone in such a way. I am reminded what my mother use to tell me “a half truth is a whole lie!”
Just a quick example of :
In Door County soil and water spent the last 20 years assisting farmers in the transition from a daily haul/pasture environment to a lagoon or manure storage system with a scheduled haul. Way is this important? Pasture land is generally very high in nutrients and contaminants. In addition to that antibiotics and chemicals are left on top of the surface which is continually disrupted by animal activity. The resulting environmental impact occurred during heavy rains when all the surface material is allowed to wash away. In addition to that without manure storage farmers were forced to haul manure on frozen and snow covered ground which lead to mass amounts of nutrients moving off site into nearby steams and wells. Many farmers failed to come up with the necessary funds needed to make the improvements. Because of that dairy animals and land came on the market. The end result is larger farms with lower environmental impact.
In the insert you are implying that the old ways of pastures and daily manure applications are better but history teaches us the truth!
THIRSTY FOR CHANGE…….Excellent and right on the mark in accuracy.
Thank you Kewaunee Cares for casting a spotlight on what is the most serious issue to ever confront N. E. Wisconsin with emphasis on Kewaunee County.
The problem with the “spotlight” that they cast is it only brightens the half truth they want you to see. There is nothing balanced nor is there really any credible information given in that 4 page insert that anyone half tied to agriculture can’t see right through. If they want to inform citizens they should be providing both sides of the issue.
Thank you for the informative insert. Today is Earth Day. I saw the first of the manure tanker trucks taking the roadways today. I love spring. When I see these trucks I get a knot in my stomach to know what lies ahead. With the huge numbers of cows Kewaunee County now has, manure disposal is not a spring and fall event, but almost continuous. I am glad there are citizens not afraid to discuss the water quality problems and well contamination in Kewaunee. If we are not thirsty for change now, we will be thirsty later, as more and more of our water quantity and quality are ever changing–in a negative way. “Water, water everywhere…and not a drop to drink?”…….may be truer and closer than we realize.
Town of Lincoln, Casco, Wisconsin was just told the bad news from the Kewaunee Soil and Water Department. 66% of Lincoln’s wells are contaminated, unfit for human consumption. What will it look like if the Kinnard expansion continues? This is bad news for our entire County.
Dan, could you please share where you found this info from??
Thank you for all you do and as Dr. Seuss’s Lorax said “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Last Monday- April 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM, my 3 children and I were victims of “Bio Terrorism Tourism” as we were heading south from the Dells on Hwy 12 between Baraboo and Prairie Du Sac. Center pivots made us roll up those windows and speed even faster as we searched for air that was not burning our lungs and nostrils. Just when we got to a clean pocket of air, it happened a second time. A service van on the opposite side of the road had pulled over with the driver sitting on the ground using an inhailer!!! He could not even operate his vehicle!
The day before on this same route it was full of haze so thick we could not see the usual pines on the mountains…. We did get to see a guy get out of his car and puke on the side of the road though.
Agriculture- especially dairy- was never meant to be this way.
Ban the center pivot.
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