A referendum that would impose harsher penalties for manure-spreading violations may make it onto the ballot this fall in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

If passed, the referendum would increase fines for those who violate the county’s animal-waste ordinance, including fines of up to $10,000 for a manure spill that kills fish or other aquatic life. The referendum also includes several changes to manure-storage and spreading practices outlined in the county ordinance.

The referendum needs to pass through several county committees and the Manitowoc County Board before it can be included on the fall ballot.

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Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter