The Kewaunee County Land and Water Resource Management Plan Update is the subject of a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 12) at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds, 625 Third St., Luxemburg.

The 144-page plan is designed to be a guiding document in addressing local concerns and priorities over the next 10 years. According to the executive summary of the plan developed by County Conservationist Davina Bonness and the Land & Water Conservation Department, the county developed the plan to:

1. provide a framework for land and water resource management;

2. avoid duplication of effort by government agencies;

3. establish a framework for cooperation and coordination of resource management efforts among all of the affected governments, agencies, and other interested parties; and

4. establish consistent land and water resource management goals, objectives, and standards for Kewaunee County.

The goals and objectives were compiled after a Sept. 11 planning meeting attended by a variety of local stakeholders, when the top three issues facing the county were identified as groundwater, surface water, and the effect of animal waste on water and soil quality.

Once public input is taken and final revisions are made, the draft plan will be approved by the County Board and submitted to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for final approval in April.

The draft plan is posted on the Kewaunee County website at http://cherrylan.kewauneeco.org/FTP/Land/LWRMPLAN.pdf

Tuesday’s public meeting is scheduled to follow the regular monthly meeting of the Land & Water Conservation Committee, which meets at 8:15 a.m. Among items on the committee’s agenda are meeting Jimmy Moore, the new Department of Natural Resources warden assigned to Kewaunee County.