Whether it is soil erosion or water quality that is burning you up inside.
Identifying the county’s greatest environmental concerns and how to fix them. Might hang on a few mouse clicks.
The best approach to any given situation starts with a survey, as it turns out.
Kewaunee County’s Land and Water Conservation Department is turning to an online questionnaire for the first time, and it needs your help.
Options like increased animal waste management stand a chance at being popular picks.
And that is because they can influence more than one category.
“They dictate how much manure a farmer can put on the property in order to grow the crop that it needs to grow without having it runoff or run into the ground,” said Chuck Wagner, chair of the Kewaunee Land and Water Conservation.
Each of the county’s three rivers holds a place on the EPA’s impaired river’s list.
He says using manure as fertilizer, and using it properly with a plan in place, will lead to a healthier environment any way you shake it.
“So that you don’t have it leach down into the groundwater to pollute the groundwater, or runoff into surface water polluting the surface water,” he said.
Pinpointing the environmental problems is step one.
Step two is coming up with a solution.
“You can say, ‘Well, we want to make things better. We want less runoff on a field.’ How are you going to measure that?” said Wagner. “How are you going to determine if you’re actually getting less runoff?”
It is an effort that will take a community to piece together, and he is eager to see the results.
“Anybody and everybody in the county has an opportunity to fill out the survey and let us know how they feel about what things are important.”