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Ex-DNR regulator concerned about pollution from large dairy farms

A large dairy farm
A large dairy farm

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One expert says he is concerned with the amount of pollution from large dairy operations and the impact on the environment and to the public.

Gordon Stevenson, a former regulator with the Department of Natural Resources, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that liquid manure will become a source of large scale contamination of groundwater, including E-coli and campylobacter.

While manure has been a staple of fertilizing for hundreds of years, he says that larger operations are taking a risk when storing and hauling in liquid form.

Stevenson adds that it’s only a matter of “when” the state has the first Walkerton, Ontario incident, referring to a contamination in 2000 where over 2,000 people became ill and seven died.