The public comment period has begun and Department of Natural Resources is holding a public hearing Friday, Sept. 15, regarding state rule changes governing the spreading of manure on shallow soils over fractured bedrock in Kewaunee and 14 other Wisconsin counties.

The changes, under NR 151 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, relate to “karst topography,” which is common in northern Kewaunee and Door counties. Some of the proposed changes to NR 151 may be based on recommendations in the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup final report, issued in June 2016 after a year of study led by the Kewaunee County Groundwater Task Foce.

An informational meeting and Q&A is scheduled to start at noon, followed by the public hearing will start at 1 p.m. The hearing will be held at the University Union Phoenix Room (Rooms A, B and C), at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. The hearing will also be broadcast at the same time at the Wisconsin Natural Resource Building in Madison.

The public is invited to attend and provide oral and written comments on NR 151 rule changes at each location. A public hearing officer will be present to conduct the hearing and may put time limits on individual oral statements to ensure an opportunity for all persons present to make statements.

The public may also submit written comments on the proposed rule changes by Oct. 4, 2017, via mail to Mike Gilbertson, DNR, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, or by email to: DNRNR151Revisions@dnr.wisconsin.gov.

Agency staff will provide a brief summary of the available information about the rule changes at the meeting, and will also provide a summary of the steps that must be followed before the changes become final.