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Disputed dairy expansion may have statewide impact

Owners vow to protect water; neighbors want more oversight

12:37 PM, Feb. 10, 2014
Flooded fields like this one from Calumet County in May 2013 are innocuous when the ground below is clay, which protects the aquifers below. But if there are karst features like cracks or sinkholes, flooding means more risk that agricultural chemicals or manure will reach the groundwater below.
Flooded fields like this one from Calumet County in May 2013 are innocuous when the ground below is clay, which protects the aquifers below. But if there are karst features like cracks or sinkholes, flooding means more risk that agricultural chemicals or manure will reach the groundwater below.
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In a Green Bay hearing that starts Tuesday a controversial attempt to expand a dairy farm set to become the fifth largest in Wisconsin will be challenged in a case that could have a far-reaching impact on how Wisconsin regulates industrial-size livestock farms.

Five neighbors of Kinnard Farms Inc. in northeastern Wisconsin are arguing that the state Department of Natural Resources should allow the farm to expand but tighten environmental protection by requiring surface and groundwater monitoring and limiting the number of cows.

The neighbors, represented by the Madison-based ...

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