Contaminated water in Juneau and Wood counties brings potential legal action

CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) — Two Wisconsin law firms Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., and Pines Bach LLP will represent residents in a dispute involving big farms.

Dozens of residents met with representatives of the law firms Tuesday evening to get a clearer understanding of what lies ahead.

Critics claim a concentrated animal feed operation has caused widespread groundwater contamination.

A press release from the law firms state both the Juneau County Health Department and the EPA have confirmed the contamination. However, in the press release, the law firms did not state what animal feed operations were responsible for the contamination.

Dozens of people who live in the area have been advised to not drink their well water.

Residents at Tuesday’s meeting said they’re hopeful that legal action will change that.

“It gives us a lot of confidence that they’ve looked at a lot of the data and they know what they’re doing,” said Nekoosa resident Clark Elmore. “Again, I don’t want to make anybody destitute. I just want to make sure we have clean water, that’s it.”

Attorneys say they’ll file the lawsuit in the next few weeks.

If the case were to go to trial, they say it would likely happen in 2020.

Curtis Aderholdt

Curtis Aderholdt

A WAOW photo journalist since December 2014.

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