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

Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of RESIST, Inc. RESIST funds and supports grassroots groups organizing on the frontlines of the peace, economic, social, and environmental justice movements.

“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.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1948. A Sand County Almanac.

Crawford Stewardship Project News  and Actions

September 1, 2017


As the climate de-stabilizes, solidarity among all our communities becomes ever more important. Here's your local opportunity to help those in need on the Gulf!

All hands on deck to defend local control!

Crawford Stewardship Project supports the Wisconsin Towns Association statement below. We stand in solidarity with all municipalities across Wisconsin and our right to define our own futures through the use of local law.

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We are passing along an urgent legislative alert regarding frac sand & mining from the Wisconsin Towns Association. The WTA is currently calling all Clerks in Wisconsin to make sure this is received at the town board level. Please read the below information, and contact your legislators immediately. Thank you!


For some time, we have been battling the frac sand industry and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce that want to completely eliminate the ability of local government to regulate air, water, blasting, or anything related to quarries, frac sand, or any mining. In attempt to preserve your ability to protect town citizens’ health, safety, welfare, roads, and property values through reasonable regulation, WTA has been attempting to reach a compromise with the aggregate industry. The compromise would have preserved a vast majority of town authority, while allowing for a little regulatory easing in unique situations that would have in theory decreased aggregate prices.

This effort to achieve a regulatory balance is in deep jeopardy of being defeated by those who don’t want you to have the ability to protect your own neighborhood. Instead, these interests are winning the battle. Current efforts would significantly inhibit your ability to protect your community.

Worse yet, without your help the existing proposals are likely to be incorporated into the budget despite the fact that the effort has nothing to do with state finances.

We are still working with legislative leaders to produce a reasonable compromise, but we don’t feel we can be successful without your help.

The budget will be finished this week and we need your immediate phone calls to motivate legislators to work with us to preserve local government authority to protect citizen health, safety, welfare, roads, and property values.

Please call and tell them:

1) Any efforts to eliminate local government authority to regulate frac sand and aggregate mining should be included in a separate bill, not the state budget.

2) Local government must have the ability to protect health, safety, welfare, roads, and property values.

Wisconsin Towns Association
W7686 County Road MMM, Shawano, WI 54166-6086


Refuse Premium Iowa Pork's Wastewater!

Premium Iowa Pork is an industrial hog slaughter plant that wants Viroqua or a nearby city to treat its waste. This operation is a threat to health and safety, local tourism, and groundwater. Groundwater in this area of the state is highly susceptible to contamination due to the sensitive karst geology much like in Kewaunee County where over one third of the water from tested wells are unsafe to drink or use, due to high levels of nitrates, bacteria, or both.

If you are a concerned citizen of Vernon County, or any ally in nearby counties or a tourist who may be affected by this, and if you support only smart growth for our beautiful area, sign this petition and let our representatives on the city council and the county and town boards know!

CSP is consulting with concerned citizens and is supporting their actions.

Click here for more information and to sign the petition.


Check out this fun and educational upcoming event put on by our Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riveryway and DNR!


Upcoming Events

- Hillsboro Farmers Market, September 2nd
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, September 2nd
- Ferryville Farmers Market, September 2nd
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 2nd
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, September 5th, Viroqua
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, September 6th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 6th
- Wisconsin's Green Fire Annual Meeting, September 8th and 9th, Baraboo
- Pasture Walk in Genoa, September 8th
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, September 8th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, September 8th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, September 8th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 8th
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, September 12th, Viroqua
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, September 13th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 13th
- Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting, September 14th, Spring Green

See details on these and many more inspiring actions and events in our

CSP Community Calendar


In the News

Driftless Bioregion

Edie Ehlert: Bill would limit local control (08/27/2017)

The Model Lake (08/24/2017)
One of the world’s most respected ecological thinkers sounds a warning for Lake Mendota

Local Governments Could Have Less Discretion When Issuing Some Permits (08/17/2017)

Rising Above the Flood: Gays Mills rebuilds (08/16/2017)

Reject Anti-Conservation Measures in Foxconn Bill (08/09/2017)

Jackson County landowners lose bid to block frac sand mine (08/01/2017)


Upper Midwest

Smith: Outgoing DNR chief Cathy Stepp leaves a weakened reputation for protecting Wisconsin's natural resources (08/30/2017)

Secretary Cathy Stepp leaving DNR to join Donald Trump's EPA (08/29/2017)

Stop Toxic Tom's Industrial Acid Mining Bill

DNR Waiting On Report To Determine Severity Of Northeastern Manure Spill (08/25/2017)
August 7 Spill Killed Fish In Pine Creek Near Manitowoc

Smith: Hunters and severe winters — not wolves — key to Wisconsin's deer numbers (08/23/2017)

Opponents Say Acid Mine Drainage Could Pollute State Waterways (08/18/2017)

Green Fire group to fill DNR voids (08/17/2017)

Nonbinding Measure Asks For New State Law On Eminent Domain (08/15/2017)

Complaint: Wisconsin Bear Hunters 'Criminally Harassing' Wolves (08/14/2017)
Environmental Group PEER Claims Wisconsin DNR Subsidizing Activities Outlawed By Endangered Species Act

Wisconsin Among Top 5 States Nationwide For Sales Direct From The Farm (08/10/2017)

DNR Investigating Manure Spill In Northeastern Wisconsin (08/10/2017)
Agency Unsure Of Contamination's Scope In Lake Michigan Tributary

Agency Unsure Of Contamination's Scope In Lake Michigan Tributary (08/10/2017)

County Board In Michigan's UP Takes Symbolic Stance Against Mining Near Menominee River (08/09/2017)
Wisconsin Tribe Applauds Officials' Vote

Despite Demand, Stocks Slide For Some Frac Sand Companies (08/09/2017)
Investors Seem Leery About Potential Glut Of Sand From Texas Supplanting Product From Wisconsin-Based Mines

Lawsuit could limit authority of Wisconsin DNR over large dairy farms (08/08/2017)

Kewaunee County Dairy CAFO Gets Approval To Expand More Than Twice In Size (08/04/2017)
El Na Farms Is In Area With Many Existing Contaminated Wells

Sonny Perdue Travels Wisconsin, Talks Food Stamps, Farm Runoff (08/04/2017)
Agriculture Secretary's Visit To Badger State Continues Today

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling To Protect Gray Wolves (08/04/2017)
Gray Wolf To Remain On Endangered Species List, Lawmakers Urge Appeal

Lyme Disease’s Worst Enemy? It Might be Foxes (08/02/2017)

State Debate: Blogger Rowen insists Scott Walker sacrificing DNR, PSC, DOT to Foxconn (07/31/2017)

Texas Frac Sand Boom May Hurt Wisconsin Mines (07/30/2017)
Texas Sand Is Cheaper, Closer To Some Of Nation's Busiest Oil Fields

Walker to sacrifice DNR, PSC and WisDOT integrity for 'Wisconn' (07/28/2017)

Stand with the pipeline fighters working to stop Keystone XL (07/23/2017)


North America/Turtle Island

Tell the EPA: Don't repeal the Clean Water Rule (08/31/2017)

Texas office of Crane Foundation wiped out by Hurricane Harvey (08/30/2017)

Tell the Trump regime: Restore flood safety rules (08/30/2017)

ExxonMobil refineries are damaged in Hurricane Harvey, releasing hazardous pollutants (08/29/2017)

Harvey’s Toll on Energy Industry Shows a Texas Vulnerability (08/29/2017)

Tell the inspector general of the Department of the Interior: Investigate the censoring of government scientists and experts (08/29/2017)

Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image? (08/22/2017)

Farming activity contaminates water despite best practices (08/22/2017)

Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For 'Criminal Activity' (08/22/2017)

E.P.A. Promised ‘a New Day’ for the Agriculture Industry, Documents Reveal (08/18/2017)

Tell your Senators: Ban this toxic pesticide once and for all

Stop corporate funders of hate groups

Act Now: Stop Trump’s Offshore Drilling Disaster!

Tell the USDA: Chicken From China Is a Public Health Threat;jsessionid=00000000.app361b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=3055&NONCE_TOKEN=CEFCFD07F819D97E3C111BF63FBE7B9E

Climate Change Compounds Louisiana Flooding Threat a Year After Historic Floods (08/11/2017)

In First 6 Months Under Trump, Polluters Already Paying Lower Fines to EPA (08/10/2017)

The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world (08/09/2017)

Trump wants to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. We must stop him. (08/06/2017)

Is Vegan Farming the Next Plant-Based Phenomenon? (08/04/2017)
In what may become a growing trend, two young farmers in California's Salinas Valley have completely eliminated animal products from their farming practices.

The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen (08/03/2017)

Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma, One Of 7 In 28 Hours (08/03/2017)

Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer (08/01/2017)

Tell the Senate: Reject the Smoggy Skies Act (08/01/2017)

Poultry Industry Ready To Change The Way It Handles Chickens (07/27/2017)

Stop the largest coal export terminal in North America (07/25/2017)



Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds (08/21/2017)

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs (08/14/2017)

Tell Ecuador and China to respect indigenous rights and get Big Oil out of the Amazon!

A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees (07/20/2017)


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Crawford Stewardship Project Co-Coordinators:

Program Coordinator, Forest Jahnke: (608) 632-2183

Community Outreach Coordinator, Meg Wise: (608) 632-9410