Kewaunee County’s 10-year plan for land and water resource management has received final approval from state and local officials.

The County Board’s unanimous vote to approve and adopt the plan followed its April 2 endorsement from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Supervisor Chuck Wagner, who chairs the county Land & Water Conservation Committee, said he has never been as proud of county staff as he was hearing the comments from the state agency officials.

During the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday (April 16), Wagner thanked Davina Bonness, who drafted the plan and leads the Land & Water Conservation Department, as well as her staff and the citizens who attended meetings and hearings to provide input and feedback.

“To sit down there at that meeting after Davina’s presentation and to hear all of the people around that table compliment Kewaunee County, saying things like ‘Kewaunee County should be extremely proud’ and ‘Kewaunee County is a leader in this state, what they are doing to try to better the situation we have for groundwater, surface water,’” Wagner said. “In this state we are a model for the rest of the state to look at.”

Wagner said it was gratifying to hear the comments after years of work and often emotional debate.

“I know there’s a lot of people in this county who feel we’re not moving fast enough, but we are trying to move forward, and we have done a lot of things,” he said. “And to hear those other people from around the state acknowledge that, say those things, was really fantastic.”

The 148-page document, which is posted at the Kewaunee County website, outlines a set of goals and action plans for 2020 through 2029.

It identifies the top three issues facing the county as groundwater, surface water, and the effect of animal waste on water and soil quality. Background about the issues and chronicle of actions taken over the past 10 years is included.