WAUSAU (WAOW)--Every farmer is responsible for properly managing animal waste to keep it from polluting water. The state plans to streamline how it oversees Wisconsin's water quality.
DNR leaders held a public hearing on Friday at NTC in Wausau to talk about the plans.
State and federal laws require that large farms get permits to protect water quality. Currently, the DNR issues permits one by one. Now, they're proposing to offer two general permits. One is for large dairy operations with 700 to 4,000 cows. The other is for smaller operations with any type of livestock.
DNR leaders say these general permits will be more efficient and allow staff to do more field work to ensure compliance.
"Agriculture among other activities can be a source of water pollution's and we believe that we'll provide an appropriate level of safe guards and management practices. While it will not be perfect, it will certainly provide a high measure of water quality protection for the state," says Chief of the Runoff Management Section, Bureau of Watershed Management, Gordon Stevenson.
Citizens at the meeting voiced their opinions. Most people present supported the permits. The DNA will consider public comments until April 23rd.
If you want to make your opinion heard, send a letter to:
Gordon Stevenson, Bureau of Watershed Management (WT/3,
101 S. Webster Street, PO Box 7921,
Madison, WI 53707-7921,
Or e-mail one of the following e-mail addresses:
For comments on the Large Dairy CAFO General Permit and EA: DNRWTLARGECAFO@wisconsin.gov <mailto:DNRWTLARGECAFO@wisconsin.gov>