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I was furious after reading the article in Monday's State Journal, "DNR scales back proposed rules" about narrowing the scope of clean water regulations. 

Manure-spreading by owner's of dairy herds is strongly correlated with tainted well water in areas where the concentration of herds is greatest, such as Kewaunee County. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible to all the citizens of Wisconsin. It's the DNR's job to make Wisconsin a safe place to live. If dairy herd owners have to enlarge their acreage per cow to create a safe environment, so be it.

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I grew up on a farm in Kenosha County many years ago. I know farming is a business. It is not a business that should get a free ride when it comes to the well-being of other citizens.

-- James Penczykowski, Madison

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