Grant County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Grant County 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 37; amended in its entirety 4-17-2018 by Ord. No. 37. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is adopted under authority granted by § 92.16, Wis. Stats.
This chapter may be cited as the "Grant County Animal Waste Storage and Nutrient Utilization Ordinance" and is herein referred to as "this chapter."
A. 
The Grant County Board of Supervisors finds that animal waste storage facilities that do not meet technical design and construction standards, as well as improper management and utilization of the animal waste from these storage facilities, may cause pollution of the surface and ground waters of Grant County, and result in potential harm to the health of county residents and transients and to livestock, aquatic life and other animals and plants, thereby damaging the tax base of Grant County.
B. 
The Grant County Board of Supervisors further finds that the technical standards developed by the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service and adopted by the Grant County Land and Water Conservation Committee provides are effective and environmentally safe methods of storing and utilizing animal waste.
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the location, design, construction, installation, alteration, closure and the use of animal waste storage facilities, including the transfer of wastes into storage facilities and the utilization of animal waste from these facilities covered by this chapter, in order to prevent water pollution, protect the water resources and provide for safety of people and animals of Grant County. It is also intended to provide for the administration and enforcement of this chapter and to provide reasonable penalties for its violation.
This chapter shall apply to the unincorporated areas of Grant County.
In the interpretation and application, provisions of this chapter shall be held to be minimum requirements and shall be liberally construed in favor of Grant County, and shall not be deemed a limitation or repeal of any other power granted by the Wisconsin Statutes or County ordinances.
If any section, provision, or portion of this chapter is ruled invalid by a court, the remainder of this chapter shall not for that reason be rendered ineffective.
This chapter shall become effective upon its adoption and publication by the Grant County Board of Supervisors.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall be used. Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number includes the plural number; the plural number includes the singular number; the word "shall" is mandatory and not discretionary. Words and phrases not defined herein shall be construed according to common and approved usage, but technical words and phrases and others that have a peculiar meaning shall be construed according to such meaning unless such construction would produce a result inconsistent with the manifest intent of this chapter.
ANIMAL WASTE
Livestock excreta and other materials that may be included in the stored waste, such as bedding, rain or other water, soil, hair, feathers, and other debris, including milkhouse waste normally included in animal waste handling operations.
ANIMAL WASTE STORAGE FACILITY
A concrete, steel, or otherwise fabricated structure, or an earthen facility of constructed earth dikes, excavated pits or ponds, or a combination of these, used for storage of animal waste. This chapter applies to all facilities on one operation that stores a cumulative amount of animal waste volume totaling 7,000 cubic feet or more (approximately 24 feet by 24 feet by 12 feet).
APPLICANT
Any person who applies for a permit under this chapter.
BEDROCK
The solid or consolidated rock formation typically underlying loose surficial material such as soil, alluvium or glacial drift. Bedrock includes but is not limited to limestone, dolomite, sandstone, shale and igneous and metamorphic rock.
CORPORATION COUNSEL
The legal authority for Grant County.
IDLE ANIMAL WASTE STORAGE FACILITY
An animal waste storage facility which is no longer being used for its intended purpose and/or no longer having any additional animal waste placed into it for a period of 24 months.
LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE (LWCC)
Any and all members appointed to the LWCC, personnel employed by the Grant County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) and those personnel employed by support agencies.
NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLAN
A written plan detailing amount, form, placement, and timing of the application of plant nutrients. This includes nutrients from the animal waste storage facilities, commercial fertilizers, legume crops and crop residues.
PERMIT
The signed, written statement issued by the Grant County LWCC under this chapter authorizing the applicant to construct, install, reconstruct, enlarge, substantially alter or close an animal waste storage facility, and to use or dispose of waste from the facility.
PERMITTEE
Any person to whom a permit is issued under this chapter.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, agency, unincorporated association, municipal corporation, county, or state agency, the federal government, or any combination thereof.
PLAN DEVELOPER
A private engineer or government entity that is retained by the applicant to provide an animal waste storage plan that meets all aspects of this chapter.
SUBSURFACE SATURATION
The following criteria apply:
A. 
Free water or wet soil identified by glistening, due to the slow release of water.
B. 
Gleyed soil, that may extend uninterrupted from an observed free water surface.
C. 
The presence of distinct gray redoximorphic features with a chroma of two or less based on Munsell color charts.
D. 
Depleted matrices having a value of four or more and chroma of two or less based on Munsell color charts. In some cases soil parent materials have a natural color of two chroma or less or gleyed color that is not due to saturation. In these cases other indicators may be used: landscape position, elevation or soils in relation to nearby water features.
WISCONSIN FIELD OFFICE TECHNICAL GUIDE
The Wisconsin Field Office Technical Guide (WI-FOTG) is the primary technical reference tool used in accomplishing the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) mission. WI-FOTG contains technical reference material to be used when planning, designing, applying, and maintaining conservation practices as adopted by the Grant County LWCC.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (USDA-NRCS)
Any and all personnel employed by the USDA-NRCS and those personnel employed by support agencies.
WATER POLLUTION
Any act or condition contaminating or rendering unclean or impure the ground or surface waters of the state, or making the same injurious to public health, harmful for commercial or recreational use, or deleterious to fish, bird, animal, or plant life.
A. 
General requirement. A permit is required for any person who constructs, installs, reconstructs, enlarges, substantially alters or closes an animal waste storage facility, or who employs another person to do the same, on land subject to this chapter and shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Idle animal waste storage facility. Any person who owns an animal waste storage facility that has been determined to be idle must lower the level of the animal waste in the facility to an elevation of one foot above the floor of the facility within a period of six months from the date the facility was determined to be idle. The animal waste shall be uniformly spread on cropland or pasture in a manner that is safe for the environment.
C. 
Compliance with permit requirements. A person is in compliance with this chapter if he or she follows the procedures of this chapter, receives a permit from the LWCC before beginning activities subject to regulation under this section, and complies with the requirements of the permit.
A. 
A.The most current version of NRCS Technical Standards and Wisconsin Conservation Technical Notes shall be used to meet all requirements in this chapter that refer to technical standards and notes. Future amendments to the NRCS Technical Standards and Wisconsin Conservation Technical Notes are incorporated into and made part of this chapter effective the date of adoption by USDA-NRCS, unless otherwise acted upon by the County Board of Supervisors. Copies of current standards cited in this chapter are available from the CSZD or online at http://www.wi.nrcs.gov/technical/.
B. 
Standard for nutrient management. Nutrient management of all animal waste from permitted storage facilities shall be handled and comply with all of the provisions of the Wisconsin Field Office Technical Guide 590, issued by the USDA, NRCS, ATCP 50.04(3) and 90.14(9) of this chapter.
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Permit required. No person shall undertake an activity subject to this chapter without first obtaining a permit from the LWCC prior to beginning the proposed activity.
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Exception to permit requirement. Normal maintenance, such as bolt replacement or pump repair, and emergency repairs such as repairing a broken pipe or equipment, or the removal of stoppages may be performed without a permit. Any repairs significantly altering the original design or construction of a facility shall be reported to the LWCC office within three working days of the emergency for a determination by the LWCC whether the repairs made were reasonably necessary to respond to the existing emergency. The LWCC determination shall be rendered within one business day of the reporting whether a permit shall be required for any work deemed to constitute additional alteration or repair to the facility in excess of that reasonably necessary to respond to the emergency.
A. 
The fee for a permit under this chapter shall be:
(1) 
$200 to construct/alter an animal waste storage facility.
(2) 
$50 to close an animal waste storage facility.
B. 
The permit fee will be payable upon submission of application of the permit. Permit fees will double if the facility is constructed or closed prior to issuance of a permit.
Each application for a permit under this section shall include an animal waste storage facility plan and a nutrient management plan. Plans must be in accordance with applicable standards.
A. 
Animal waste storage facility plan. Construction plans may be developed through the Grant County LWCD, state or federal governmental agencies or civil, agricultural, structural or sanitary professional engineer registered in the State of Wisconsin. Plans developed by a registered professional engineer must bear the engineer's seal and be accompanied by verification that the plan is in accordance with applicable standards. In addition to the management and site assessment documentation noted in NRCS Standard 313, the plan shall specify:
(1) 
A plan view of the facility and its location in relation to buildings within 250 feet and homes within 500 feet of the proposed facility. The sketch shall be drawn to scale, with a scale no smaller than one inch equals 100 feet.
(2) 
The North arrow, scale of the drawing, legal description of location of the proposed facility, description and elevation of a temporary benchmark.
(3) 
The structural details, including, but not limited to dimensions, cross sections, concrete thickness, reinforcing steel location, design loading details and all computations necessary for the design.
(4) 
The location of any wells within 500 feet of the facility.
(5) 
The soil test pit locations, including test from borrow area, elevations and soil descriptions to a depth of at least five feet below the planned bottom of the facility. A professional soil scientist or a registered professional engineer, or their representative, must be present for soil test pit excavation.
(6) 
The elevation of subsurface saturation or bedrock if encountered in the soil profile and the date of any such determinations.
(7) 
Provisions for adequate drainage and control of runoff to prevent pollution of surface water and subsurface saturation areas. If a body of water lies within 500 feet of the facility, the location and distance to the body of water shall be shown.
(8) 
A time schedule for construction of the facility.
B. 
A nutrient management plan. Plans shall be developed by a qualified person as defined in ATCP 50 and that conforms with USDA-NRCS Nutrient Management (590) Standard. The plan must show that the landowner has control of enough acres to spread all the animal waste stored in the facility.
C. 
Closure of animal waste storage facility. If the applicant wishes to close an animal waste storage facility, the applicant must submit a closure plan for approval by Grant County LWCC and obtain a permit for the closure. The applicant seeking to close an animal waste storage facility must comply with all of the applicable standards of this chapter.
A. 
The LWCC shall review all permit applications and plans and determine if the proposed facility meets required standards set forth in § 90-11 of this chapter.
B. 
Within 45 days after receiving the completed application, plans and fee, the LWCC shall inform the applicant, in writing, whether the permit application and plans are approved and whether they will issue the permit.
C. 
If additional information is required, the LWCC shall so notify the permit applicant. The LWCC has 15 days from receipt of the additional information in which to approve or disapprove the application and plans.
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If the LWCC fails to approve or disapprove the permit application and plans, in writing, within 15 days of receipt of the additional information, the application and plans shall be deemed approved and the applicant may proceed as if a permit had been issued.
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In the case of disapproval, the LWCC shall inform the applicant, in writing, of the reasons for disapproval.
All permits issued under this chapter shall be issued subject to the following conditions and requirements:
A. 
Animal waste storage facility design, construction, management, and nutrient management activities shall be carried out in accordance with the animal waste storage plan and nutrient management plan specified in § 90-14 of this chapter and applicable standards specified in § 90-11 of this chapter.
B. 
The permittee shall give five working days' notice to the LWCC before starting any construction activity authorized by the permit.
C. 
Approval, in writing, must be obtained from the LWCC prior to any modifications to the animal waste storage facility plan after a permit has been issued.
D. 
Within 30 days after the completion of the construction of the animal waste storage facility and prior to the entrance of any animal waste into the facility, the plan developer, shall certify, in writing: "To the best of my professional knowledge, judgment and belief, the installed practice meets NRCS standards (list standard numbers and titles)." Entrance of animal waste into the animal waste storage structure prior to developer certification shall be a violation of the permit and of this chapter.
E. 
Activities authorized by permit must be completed within one year from the date of issuance after which such permit shall be void, unless an extension is granted through the LWCC.
The LWCC may revoke any permit issued under this chapter if the holder of the permit has misrepresented any material fact in the permit application, if the holder of the permit violates any of the conditions of the permit, this chapter or any of the standards referred to in this chapter.
A. 
Delegation of authority. The agencies designated to administer and enforce this chapter are the LWCC and the Corporate Counsel for Grant County.
B. 
Administrative duties. In the administration and enforcement of this chapter, LWCC shall:
(1) 
Receive and review all permit applications and plans. Keep an accurate record of all permit applications, animal waste storage facility and nutrient management plans, permits issued, inspections made, and other official actions.
(2) 
Provide construction inspection as needed to those facilities whose plan developer was a County, state or federal governmental agency.
(3) 
Investigate complaints relating to compliance with this chapter.
(4) 
Approve or deny permits.
(5) 
The LWCC may monitor the maintenance of the animal waste storage facilities and the nutrient management plans.
(6) 
Perform other duties as specified in this chapter.
C. 
Inspection authority. The LWCC and its supporting agencies are authorized to enter upon any lands affected by this chapter to inspect the land prior to or after permit issuance to determine compliance with this chapter. If permission cannot be received from the applicant or permittee, entry by the LWCC shall be according to § 92.07(14), Wis. Stats.
D. 
Enforcement authority.
(1) 
The LWCC is authorized to post an order stopping work upon the construction site that has had a permit revoked or on the construction site currently undergoing activity in violation of this chapter. Notice is given by both posting upon the site where the violation occurs one or more copies of a poster stating the violation, and by mailing a copy of the order by certified mail to the person whose activity is in violation of this chapter. The order shall specify that the activity shall cease immediately. Failure to comply with such an order shall constitute a separate and independent violation of this chapter.
(2) 
Any permit revocation or order stopping work shall remain in effect until retracted by the LWCC, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, or, until the activity is brought into compliance with this chapter, as determined by the LWCC.
(3) 
The LWCC is authorized to refer any violation of this chapter or of a stop-work order issued pursuant to this chapter to the Corporation Counsel for commencement of further legal proceedings seeking penalties and other appropriate relief in enforcement of this chapter, as set forth in § 90-19.
A violation includes any failure to comply with any standard of this chapter or with any condition or qualification attached to any permit or any failure to comply with notice of a permit revocation or stop-work order. Each day that a violation exists shall be a separate offense.
A. 
Penalties. Any person who violates, neglects or refuses to comply with, or resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $25 nor more than $500, plus costs of prosecution, for each violation. Each day that a violation exists shall be a separate offense.
B. 
Enforcement by injunction. As a substitute for, or in addition to forfeiture actions, Grant County may seek enforcement of any part of this chapter by court actions seeking injunctions or restraining orders.
A. 
Authority. The Grant County LWCC shall hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the LWCC in administering this chapter.
B. 
Procedure. Any appeal shall be made by written request, mailed or delivered to the Grant County Land and Water Conservation Committee c/o Land Conservation Office, 150 W. Alona Lane, Lancaster, WI 53813. The request shall state the ground or grounds upon which it is contended that the decision should be modified or reversed. The LWCC shall, as soon as possible, but within 45 days, review the determination under appeal.
C. 
Statutory administrative review and certiorari. The decision of the Grant County LWCC shall be subject to further administrative review by the Grant County Board of Adjustment if a written appeal seeking such review is filed within 30 days after the decision of the Committee. The decision of the Board of Adjustment shall be subject to judicial review if, within 30 days after the decision of the Board of Adjustment an action seeking the remedy available by certiorari is commenced, as authorized by section of the Grant County Code of Ordinances and §§ 59.99, Wis. Stat.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 59.694, Wis. Stats.
D. 
Who may appeal. Appeals may be initiated by any person having a substantial interest that is adversely affected by the order, requirement, decision, or determination for which review is sought within 30 days from the order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the LWCC in administering this chapter.