Manure irrigation ordinance sent back to committee

By Warren Bluhm, The Kewaunee Comet

A proposed Kewaunee County ordinance to more strictly regulate the spreading of liquid manure over farm fields was sent back to committee Tuesday, after representatives of several large farms objected to the measure as potentially cost-prohibitive.

The first draft of the Waste Irrigation Ordinance was introduced in May to the Board of Health and the Land and Water Conservation Committee. Among its provisions are requirements that liquid manure be distributed using low-pressure systems and cannot be sprayed โ€“ the liquid must be spread by droplets. Also, the spreader cannot be higher than 18 inches off empty land or below the canopy of any crop.

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