Clean Wisconsin has been working to protect groundwater supplies in the Central Sands region.
A huge victory came in 2014 when an Adams County heifer operation was required to install additional monitoring equipment and continue efforts to clean up the groundwater under a state wastewater permit. The permit came amid a large public outcry over nitrate contamination at Burr Oak Heifers, in Richfield, Adams County.
Clean Wisconsin argued in favor of more stringent groundwater standards at Burr Oak Heifers, based on its independent review of the site’s hydrogeology. The EPA specifies that infants or pregnant women who consume water in excess of the 10 milligram per liter concentration could become short of breath, seriously ill, or suffer blue baby syndrome, a circulatory ailment that in some cases is fatal.