Forestville Seeks Different Groundwater Provisions

At the request of Christine Reid of the Friends of the Forestville Dam, the Forestville Village Board agreed Monday to vote on a resolution during its July meeting to urge the County of Door to pass a groundwater-protection ordinance similar to what’s now in effect in Kewaunee County.

Village clerk Tiffany Dufek said the Friends of the Forestville Dam organization wants Door County to restrict the spreading of manure on fields with 20 feet or fewer soil depth from bedrock from Jan. 1 to April 15, with the village board going on record in favor of the county adopting such an ordinance.

Village president Terry McNulty said the resolution, upon passage by the village board, would be forwarded to the Door County Board of Supervisors, “not that they usually listen to us at all.”

Village officials and the Friends of the Forestville Dam, who opposed the county board over its support for the drawdown of the Forestville Millpond from 2019 to 2021 and the effect it had on the millpond, have also raised concerns about the proposed expansion of the S&S Jerseyland Dairy in the Town of Forestville and the effect the additional amount of manure produced by the farm could have on the environment.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which held a hearing in February on S&S Jerseyland’s application to expand, has yet to issue a decision on whether to renew the farm’s Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for another five years. 

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