Tell DNR that its proposal to modify a permit for Kinnard Farms leaves water resources vulnerable to manure pollution (comments due Jan 25)

In July 2021, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling that affirms DNR’s authority to protect water resources from manure pollution. The Supreme Court’s decision represents a landmark victory for our clients and a watershed moment in the history of natural resource protection in Wisconsin.

In response to the ruling, DNR must now revisit wastewater permits for Kinnard Farms and a number of other large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

DNR has drafted new permit conditions for Kinnard Farms, but those conditions fail to adequately respond to the serious and ongoing nature of groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County. 

The proposed permit modifications include an animal unit cap of 21,450 animal units. In calculating that number, DNR staff considered the storage capacity of Kinnard's manure pits rather than the sensitivity of the region to drinking water contamination, the pervasiveness of private well contamination in Lincoln Township or the lack of additional farmland in Kewaunee County on which to safely spread manure.

Tell DNR the draft permit must be revised to include an appropriate animal unit cap and a requirement to begin groundwater monitoring without delay. 

According to state law, DNR must consider public comments before finalizing the permit modifications. Comments will be accepted through January 25. You can send your comments to or:

Tyler Dix
CAFO Permit Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St
Madison, WI 53707


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