Work has begun on an update of the Kewaunee County Land & Water Resources Management Plan.

“Our last one was from 2010 to 2019, so this is our 10-year update,” County Conservationist Davina Bonness told the Land & Water Conservation Committee last week. “Our Land & Water Resources Management Plan pretty much puts together what are our goals and priorities. The main focus of that is NR 151.”

NR 151 is the state administrative rule devoted to runoff management. A major revision is scheduled to be promulgated in July, pertaining specifically to manure spreading over shallow karst soils such as are found in Door and northern Kewaunee counties.

Bonness is working with University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agent Aerica Bjornstrum on a public poll to get citizen input to rank local natural resources issues.

The survey should be available soon in an online form but will also be available in a printed form.

“It look great; if you have a smartphone it’s really easy to use,” Bjurnstrom said, estimating the survey will take about 5-7 minutes to complete.

The committee already gets regular citizen input on natural resources issues, as several local residents speak every month during the “Public Comments” portion of its meetings.

Sue Weisser from the town of West Kewaunee addressed the pending implementation of the NR 151 revision and urged the Land & Water Department to be ready with a county version of the rules at the committee’s July meeting.

“Expediency is the word in the face of the DNR abdicating rule enforcement or a weak attempt at it,” Weisser said.