farm runoff

Dairy farm proposal prompts environmental concerns

"With a plan to expand a concentrated animal feeding operation in the town of Rock Creek, a Dunn County committee believes it is time for it to determine what impacts such operations could have on the county. The Planning Resources and Development Committee on Tuesday decided to ask county staff to look into the issue of concentrated animal feeding operations and report back on their findings. Committee Chairman Tom Quinn said he has had numerous calls from citizens and other county supervisors about what the county’s role is — if it has one — in such operations....."

Dead zones haunt Green Bay as manure fuels algae blooms

"Yet the old pollution culprits of heavy industry and human sewage are no longer the primary drivers of the problem; the amount of phosphorus pouring from their pipes into Green Bay is just a fraction of what it was four decades ago.....So what is the problem?  Take a look at Wisconsin's license plate. The answer lies in the farm fields just above the sailboat flying across a blue lake."