seeks farm-sediment control funds
Green Bay Gazette
December 19, 2001
Brown County is trying to stem the flow of sediment off
farm fields through participation in a new federal conservation
The county hopes to get between $600,000 and $1 million
for landowners who enroll in the Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
program is aimed at improving water quality by implementing
conservation practices like buffer strips and grassed
Bill Hafs, county conservationist with the Brown County
Land Conservation Department, said intensive farming and
the urban complexion of Brown County make it the second
largest contributor of sediment to Lake Michigan in Wisconsin
get our drinking water from Lake Michigan, and theres
a lot of things attached to that sediment
pesticides, herbicides, phosphorous, he said.
The Brown County Board is scheduled to take up the program
Wednesday at it monthly meeting.
Under the plan, farmers would be paid for environmentally
sensitive land enrolled in the program in exchange for
the implementation of conservation measures intended to
curb the amount of runoff. Wildlife, recreation and drinking
water are areas impacted by the runoff.
Landowners who sign up for the program must meet certain
Don Jossart, a town of Humboldt farmer, said he is interested
in the project and has talked to members of the conservation
department about it.
priority is keeping this land, Ive got highly erodible
soil right here, he said. Im very interested
in doing the best job I can do.
The state, which received $198 million from U.S.D.A. for
the program, has put about $45,000 toward these conservation
efforts, which also are intended to help wetland restoration.
The program is not expected to cost the county any additional
tax dollars, Hafs said.