Update on the state of Portage County nitrate contamination for incoming county supervisors — It’s not good.
From Lisa Anderson, Village of Nelsonville, WI.
Portage County agricultural operations are significantly overapplying nitrogen above the amount crops can actually take up and remove from the system.
The following is from the Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council Report to the Legislature 2021. Portage County’s percent of private wells over the nitrate standard is actually 24%, putting Portage County at the bottom in the state along with Rock County.
(Click to get the downloadable PDF file and read it on your machine. Note there are THREE PAGES OF REFERENCES with this report).