The 10-year update of Kewaunee County’s Land & Water Resources Management Plan is shaping up after a successful local advisory group meeting last month.

A survey this summer found that local residents consider the top three issues to be groundwater, surface water, and the effect of animal waste on water and soil quality.

County Conservationist Davina Bonness told the Land & Water Conservation Committee on Tuesday (Oct. 9) that the Sept. 11 meeting of local stakeholders went very well.

“We came up with a lot of really good goals and objectives, and I’m working on writing those into the plan,” Bonness said.

Supervisor Chuck Wagner, the committee chairman, called it a “phenomenal” meeting of the minds with “a lot of very good participation from a lot of different people, different groups, different sides, all the facets in the county were heard from, which is very very good. The more people we can collaborate with, the better off we are.”

Bonness said the plan will be a complete rewrite of the 2010 document that has guided the Land & Water Conservation Department’s efforts; it’s due for submission in April, but she said a draft should be in the committee’s hands later this fall.

By definition the goals and objectives need to be actions the committee and full County Board can accomplish within existing laws, rather than depending on legislators to change the law.

“These are goals our office is going to take very seriously over the next 5 to 10 years,” Bonness said.

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