Eau Claire (WQOW) – Monday, the Eau Claire County Board passed a livestock moratorium that will now last six months before it can be revisited.
Before the board considered the moratorium, the Eau Claire Land Conservation Division shared their plan to revise current ordinances in the county. In the end, the measure passed 23-5 after a lengthy discussion and multiple amendments were proposed.
Board members expressed to News 18 that the extra time is needed to update the ordinances and to examine the impact these large farms would have on water quality, and other hazards that come from manure runoff.
“The moratorium in essence would put a stumbling block in front of their business plan,” Greg Leonard, Land Conservation Manager for Eau Claire County, told News 18. “If their business plan aligns such that at this time they would like to do an expansion and would have to potentially have to cross that threshold and become permitted under the DNR’s regulations, this becomes a stumbling block that they cannot move forward.”
Moving forward, land conservation officials are creating a work group to revise current ordinances and add other state ordinances into the county’s code. They hope to present to the board with a fully revised ordinance by March of next year.