Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats
of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use,
environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
 
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin
http://www.grandin.com/



 

Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110, www.resistinc.org



Pig CAFO Public Hearing Leaves Questions Unanswered


Mark Cain, Joe Baeten, and Tom Bauman of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ran last Friday's public hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig 5-year Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (WPDES) permit. Just over thirty area residents filled the room in Wauzeka's Century Hall.
In his overview of the permit, Mark Cain explained that this WPDES permit is a “zero discharge permit”, though when it comes to monitoring and enforcement, he noted that it is essentially a “self-reporting system”. Many in the audience were also surprised to hear both the DNR and the owner, AV Roth, claim that there is no plan to expand the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) or increase the manure output.
This was surprising because according to the revised Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) submitted – after the first was found to be incomplete and sent back by the DNR – the estimated amount of manure produced had more than doubled to 3.1 million gallons of liquid plus another 264 tons of solid manure. Many of the public comments heard commented on this notable increase in manure and the question was asked how this could be, if there was no planned expansion of the CAFO. In total, eleven members of the public spoke at the hearing, ten with concerns and questions and one in support of the operation. Increased phosphorus levels in a number of fields was also stated as a concern, with many fields requiring retesting this fall. None of the questions or discrepancies were addressed during the hearing, and individuals were left try to get their concerns addressed as the DNR wrapped up their presentation equipment.
Crawford Stewardship Project will continue working with the public, Roth Feeder Pig, and the DNR to clarify the situation and that the DNR does not permit an expansion, as the current NMP states. Had there been a substantive prior conversation to this hearing between CSP and the DNR, as in past years based on the annual expert review of the NMP funded by CSP, many of these issues could have been addressed before-hand. However, CSP's review was ignored and
the public is now left with a deadline of 4pm on Friday, July 31st, to submit comments to the DNR before a final decision is reached.

Please send in comments to DNR Wastewater Engineer, Mark Cain at:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Watershed Management

3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI  53711
Mark.Cain@wisconsin.gov
(608) 275 - 3252  

For more information, please contact CSP Coordinator, Forest Jahnke

forestjahnke@gmail.com(608) 632-2183


CSP Calendar



~August 4th, 6-8pm: Join Public Lab for a Frac Sand Tools for Action event at the Raw Deal in Menomonie, WI

Explore some of the low cost dust sensing technologies the Public Lab community has been developing. 
Tinker with new water sensing tools. 
Talk with others about ways we can collect valuable data to hold frac sand companies accountable. 
Design a program for holding frac sand companies accountable that integrates these tools with your community. 
Engage on the issues that are affecting you! 


~August 4th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the former Seldom Seen farm with grazier Reed Fitton.
51834 Zintz Road, Gays Mills, WI. Respected late author Ben Logan's boyhood family farm.
Evaluating the value of 2015 spring fertilization of 2014 inter-seeding paddocks & what level & method of fertilization should be used for the remainder of 2015.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~August 13th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Public Library, 230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green, WI

~August 18th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk with grazier Jim Hageman.
1459 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa
Assessing brown mid-rib sorghum (BMR), BMR sudan grass & BMR grazing corn for grazing efficacies & economics during the summer slump and/or harvesting it for winter feed.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~September 1st, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk with grazier Larry Smith.
S6498 County T, Readstown, WI
An overview of Mob Grazing versus rotational grazing. Evaluating Hidden Valley Meadow Fescue & the effectiveness of using a no-till drill to interseed meadow fescue into blue grass sod. Kura clover as a legume source will be reviewed. After Larry’s walk Intensive Mob grazing will be observed & critiqued at the Reid Ludlow farm.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~September 10th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Wyalusing State Park, Peterson Shelter, Bagley, WI

~September 12th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Proksch farm.
S3830 Newton Road, Genoa, WI
Using summer annual to stretch the grazing season with dairy goats. Looking at winter wheat and rye with turnips. How to improve the grazing efficiency of the milking goats.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


~October 6th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk at the Gildersleeve farm.
16129 County Road T, Boscobel, WI
Developing a soil fertility plan to support an all-pasture/forage organic dairy ration & feeding strategies.
Any changes prior to the date of a scheduled walk will be posted on the Crawford County UW-Extension website http://crawford.uwex.edu/
*In case of inclement weather, cancellation/s will be made on WQPC/WPRE radio 94.3 FM.
For more info, contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent (608) 326-0223 or vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu


 


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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $5 shipping.

Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Makes a great gift and conversation item.

Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI


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Tidbits

State of our union is tied to the state of our climate
Citizens' Climate Lobby responds to 2015 State of the Union
download
full story here

Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/arkansas-and-fracking
The other states are also accessible.

Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.
Read more...


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.

CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.

Read all about what you can do....

Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List