After the Treml family had to take their six-month old daughter to the emergency room with E.coli poisoning, the problem with the contamination of private drinking water wells with livestock manure runoff made headlines.
Excessive spreading of livestock waste, especially on frozen ground, was no longer merely a problem for creeks and streams with fish kills and brown water. The drinking water crisis in Kewaunee County had just begun and sparked the Tremls to lead the charge to pass a law banning the practice of spreading manure on frozen ground. With MEA’s help, the Tremls fought for the health of their family and others who depend on private drinking water wells.
Watch the Treml's story from our 2011 film, Crossing the Line: Defending Wisconsin's Environmental Commons.