Wisconsin’s potato and vegetable growers would like to see the state’s well remediation program expanded. WPVGA’s Executive Director Tamas Houlihan tells Brownfield he testified in favor of State Senate Bill 678. He says the existing well program doesn’t meet the need. “It only allows folks to apply for the well remediation if they have levels of nitrate greater than 40 parts per million, and there are not that many wells that qualify, and it also has a livestock component in that the contamination must be due to livestock issues.”
Houlihan says nitrate contamination is also found away from livestock and he says state and EPA guidelines don’t match, so his farmers would like the law updated.