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


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,

CSP Calendar


~November 17th, 7pm: Winona LaDuke: The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change & How We Move Ahead.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month in Winona, MN, East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.
LaDukeis a Native American activist and an advocate for environmental, women’s and children’s rights. LaDuke is founder and campaign director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based land acquisition, environmental advocacy and cultural organization. She is also founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network.
This event is sponsored by the Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU KEAP Center and Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
For more information, contact Alexander Hines, Director of Inclusion and Diversity at

~November 19th, 4-8pm: Conservation Connections Open House (110 S. Main St, Viroqua).  
* Visit  our new collaborative workspace!
* Meet Staff and Board Members from all three organizations
* Sample Local Wines, Cider, Cheese & Fruit
* Join in our Ben Logan Remembrance
* Watercolors by VSN Founder Kathy Fairchild—First Exhibit on our new Gallery Wall
Questions? Email or call 608-637-3615

~November 25th, 9am: Public Hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Prairie du Chien on the application of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, LLC, 700-900 block of S. Main Street, for a variance from the maximum building height requirement in a proposed I-2 Industrial/Manufacturing (currently R-2 Medium Density Residential) Zoning District to construct a sand loading facility.
Public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 214 East Blackhawk Avenue.

~December 2nd, 7pm: Review and Recommendation of the request from Wisconsin & Southern Railroad to rezone frac sand loading site from R-2 “Medium Density Residential” to I-2 “Industrial/Manufacturing” Zoning District
Council Chambers – Prairie du Chien City Hall (214 E. Blackhawk Avenue)
Public input welcome and encouraged!

~December 4th, 12-1pm: Meat Matters Webinar: What Meat to Eat
What we eat has rippling effects beyond our own health. For the first time, experts advising the USDA on the newest version (2015) of its Dietary Guidelinesfor Americans, are considering the sustainability of the American diet. That’s also on the agenda for Menus of Change, a joint effort of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America. Author, physician and nutrition expert, Walter Willett, MD, MPH, presents. Roni Neff, PhD, Director of the Food System Sustainability Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and editor of Introduction to the U.S. Food System, discusses sustainability and the Dietary Guidelines.  Hugh Joseph, PhD of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will moderate.
Click to Register!

~December 10th, 3pm: Public Comment sought for Badger-Coulee Public Hearing.
A person may submit this testimony in only one of the following ways:

• Web Comment. Go to the Commission’s web site at, click on the “Public Comments” button on the side menu bar. On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 5-CE-142. Web comments shall be received no later than Monday, January 5, 2015.

• Oral Comment. Spoken testimony at the public session at the Cashton Community Hall, 811 Main Street, Cashton, Wi.

• Written Comment. Instead of speaking at the hearing, write out a comment and submit it at the public session.

• Mail Comment. All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later than Monday, January 5, 2015. A mail comment shall include the phrase “Docket 5-CE-142 Comments” in the heading, and shall be addressed to:
Docket 5-CE-142 Comments
Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854

~December 11th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Muscoda Kratochwill Building, 206 N. Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda, Wi.

~January 14th, 12-1pm: Meat Matters Webinar: Cultivating Health. 
Our gut bacteria shape our health. Dr. Martin Blaser, past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), explains the connection highlighted in his recent book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. Dr. Lance Price, public health professor at George Washington University, explores the contribution of industrial meat production, including its reliance on antibiotics. IDSA cosponsors. 
Click to Register!

~January 23-25th: The 84th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention
This year's sessions will take place in The Plaza in Eau Claire and will build upon the WFU motto of being "United to Grow Family Agriculture."
On Saturday, our keynote speakers will be National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and Francis Thicke, well-known "agtivist," author and Iowa dairy farmer.
Sessions are being planned on a wide range of topics, including broadband access, rural schools, cover crops, high capacity wells, emerging ag technologies, agritourism, farm bill programs, hedging and renewable energy. Attendees also play an important role in shaping WFU policy as the organization sets its resolutions and policy priorities for the coming year. 
A youth program and child care are available throughout the weekend. Join us for a weekend full of great speakers, entertainment, local food and fellowship!
Watch for more details soon at

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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 $4 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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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
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.

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
Note that the area marked is just general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3 properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.

Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.


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