Kewaunee County’s LCC and County Board have also taken a strong initiative to protect our groundwater.
In 2014, the Public Health & Groundwater Protection Ordinance was drafted to “Promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Kewaunee County through proper land-use and management on geographically vulnerable areas”.
In September 2014, the County Board unanimously passed the Ordinance and County residents voted to approve on the April 2015 ballot by an overwhelming 83%.
This Ordinance places the following Land-Use and Management Restrictions:
a. Waste shall not be mechanically applied to land, or allowed to directly drain to, landscapes likely having areas twenty (20) feet or less in soil depth to carbonate bedrock during the time period of January 1st through April 15th.
b. Waste shall not be mechanically applied to landscapes likely having areas of twenty (20) feet or less in soil depth to carbonate bedrock when the soil is frozen, snow-covered or saturated; when snow is actively melting such that water is flowing off the field; or precipitation capable of producing runoff is forecast within twenty-four (24) hours of application.
c. Wastes shall not be mechanically applied to direct conduits to groundwater, or allowed to directly drain to direct conduits of groundwater.
d. Temporarily stockpiling or stacking of waste on landscapes likely having areas twenty (20) feet or less in soil depth to carbonate bedrock shall not occur during the time period of January 1st through April 15th. Map 20 displays the impacted area in the county defined as less than 20 feet to bedrock.