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.

Support CSP
Send a check to:
Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
contact@crawfordstewardship.org

 




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

July 26, 2017

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Join Crawford Stewardship Project In
Celebrating 10 Years of Stewardship!

 

On August 19th, 2017


 
 
We will be meeting at the boat landing in Millville at 9am for a float down the Wisconsin River ending in Bridgeport
Bring your own boat or reserve a boat with the WI River Outings: https://canoe-camping.com/transport-service/  




Following the float, we will meet for a picnic at noon at the shelter on the north side of Lawler Park on St Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien

Crawford Stewardship Project will be providing hot dogs, brats, and veggie burgers and all the fixins along with water and juice
Please consider bringing a side dish to share, any other desired beverages


Please RSVP with Meg Wise by phone at (608) 632-9410 or email atmwise@crawfordstewardship.org to coordinate the float and food
 


Show Your Support for a Statewide Moratorium on the Construction and Expansion of Industrial-Sized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin


With the support of various conservation groups and individuals, the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network is leading action and unity against attacks on our natural resources.

As Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have increased across the Wisconsin landscape from 50 facilities in the year 2000 to over 300 in 2016, it is more necessary than ever to put a stop to the Construction and Expansion of Industrial-Sized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin. Along with the increase of CAFOs, degradation of our Wisconsin landscape and waterways have become more apparent and is an issue concerning all Wisconsin citizens. It is time for all Wisconsin’s governing bodies to put the health, welfare, and safety of their constituents first by enacting policy and ordinances to protect their communities and residents.

Please encourage your local Town boards, County Boards, and any organization you are a part of to join us in supporting a Statewide CAFO Moratorium.


More information can be found here.


Please share widely.

Ways to share and be involved:

1. Take this resolution in support of a CAFO moratorium to your town boards, county boards and city councils and ask them to pass it: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/resolution-in-support-of…/

2. Are you a County Board Supervisor, a City Councillor or a member of an organization? Consider becoming a co-sponsor of our moratorium request. Sign up here: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/support-the-moratorium-s…/

3. Are you a citizen who thinks a CAFO moratorium is a good idea? Sign our petition: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/sign-our-petition-in-sup…/

4. For additional ideas, check out the SRWN's advocate for a moratorium page: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/advocate-for-a-cafo-mora…/

Check out SRWN's fact sheet: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/fact-sheet/ for more information

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Karst Geology Exploration

Limestone, dolomite and the caves and springs in between are some karstic features that we examined along with fossils and rocks during Karst Geology Exploration on July 15th. We had a great turnout of about 30 people of all ages. If you missed this year, we will have another event next summer.

This event also gave a sneak peek at some of the cutting-edge citizen science spearheaded in the last year by Crawford Stewardship Project. Creating the Karst Landscapes and Groundwater Susceptibility Survey of Crawford County has involved compiling the most up-to-date information from universities and federal, state, and local governments, as well as data-creation by our intrepid citizen scientists.

Some of the maps created thus far were available for attendees to take home, including maps of the carbonate (karstic) layers of bedrock and depth to bedrock. Others, such as the fracture pattern map and sinkhole map, were only briefly displayed, as there is more work to be done to refine and complete them.

Over the next year the karst survey will be completed and promoted as a tool for local landowners, businesses, %farms, and governments to use when making decisions that impact our groundwater. It will also be held up as a reason to designate southwest Wisconsin as a sensitive area and used as a model to help neighboring counties create their own surveys.

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Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training

You are invited to attend a weekend of training in nonviolent civil disobedience from Friday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 13, in Viroqua, Wis.

Ethan Hughes, co-founder of Possibility Alliance in Missouri, and Brenna Cussen Anglada, a founding member of St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm in Wisconsin, will facilitate the training. Over the weekend they will pull from the wisdom of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies.

Topics covered will include nonviolent practice and theory, forms of social organizing, dilemma actions, restorative justice, momentum-driven change, nonviolent communication and honing fearlessness. Sunday's workshops will focus on exploring actions to stop frac sand mining in our region. Pre-conference reading will be sent to those who sign up.

Tentative Schedule

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11: Public presentation

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12: Workshop and breakout groups on nonviolent civil disobedience

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13: Discerning and planning actions in response to the frac sand mine crisis

The event will be held at the Landmark Center, 500 E. Jefferson St., Viroqua, Wis.

Attendance

The Sunday portion of the training is for those who are serious about exploring particular actions regarding frac sand mining. Attendance at Saturday’s training is required if you wish to participate on Sunday. If you don’t have time to commit to this campaign now, please feel free to join us in the future.

Otherwise, for general workshops on nonviolent civil disobedience, you are welcome to come Friday and/or Saturday, and skip Sunday.

Lodging

If you are coming from out of town and want to camp, contact Joe Orso at joeorso@gmail.com and he can find you a spot. If you are not able to camp but need a place to stay, let Joe know and he will do his best to find you a host.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner will be on your own. Lunches will be potluck style so please bring a dish to pass if possible.

Cost

There is no fee for the training, however, there are costs -- about $400 in travel expenses for facilitators. Donations will be suggested to thank facilitators and to support their ongoing work. If you cannot attend the training, but can make a donation, that would be very much appreciated.

RSVP

If you plan to come, please email which days to Joe Orso at joeorso@gmail.com. Feel free to share this event with others who might be interested.

Speaker Bios

Ethan Hughes has been involved in community organizing, justice work and nonviolent activism since the late 80s. He has participated in the World Trade Center shutdown in Seattle, resistance to a new nuclear weapons facility in Kansas City, blocking frac sand operations in Winona, Minn., and actions in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock. He has been trained in Restorative Circles and Nonviolent Communication. With his wife, Sarah, he co-founded the Possibility Alliance, a center that for the last decade has practiced radical simplicity, post-petroleum living, nonviolent activism, community service and alternatives to capitalism. The project has hosted over 10,000 visitors and sent hundreds into the world to serve and resist with love.

Brenna Cussen Anglada is a founding member of the St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm in southwest Wisconsin. She has been a student of nonviolent direct action for the past 15 years. She has trained with the Meta Peace Team, Christian Peacemaker Team, the International Solidarity Movement and Black Lives Matter.

This weekend is being organized by the Kickapoo Watershed Working Group, a small group of volunteers based in the Viroqua area. They hope the weekend helps expand the culture of creative resistance in our region, and opens new possibilities for social change.

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Share your insights about the future of Midwest agriculture

The University of Minnesota and Future iQ are collaborating to explore the future of Midwest agriculture. This survey is open to all stakeholders and people who have an interest in the future of Midwest Agriculture, which covers the major agricultural areas of the central parts of USA and Canada. To share your insights and perspectives about the future of this region, and its communities, landscape and industries, please participate in the survey through the link below.

http://lab.future-iq.com/futureofagriculture/

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Hundreds of Nebraskans, along with Water Protectors and Pipeline Fighters from near and far, will come together in Lincoln on the eve of the week-long Keystone XL intervenor hearings at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and march through the streets to send the message that Keystone XL is a threat to our land, water and climate, and not in the public interest.

The March will begin Sunday, Aug. 6 at 3:00 p.m. on the North Steps of the Nebraska State Capitol (1445 K St., Lincoln, NE)

Bold Nebraska is working with march co-sponsors including Sierra Club and 350.org to organize buses from a variety of nearby cities to travel to Lincoln for the March -- in addition to a Pipeline Fighter Summit for activists that will take place before the March:

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Interested in becoming a "bus captain" to recruit folks in your area to join a bus to the March? 
Click here to sign up.


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Upcoming Events

- Yoga on the River at Sculpture Park, July 27th, Prairie du Chien
- S.O.U.L. of Wisconsin Meeting, July 27th, La Farge
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, July 29th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, July 29th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, July 29th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, July 29th
- Prairie Strips for Sediment & Nutrient Reduction, July 29th, Viroqua
- Kickapoo Trail Workday, July 29th, Gays Mills
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, August 1st, Viroqua
- Build a Bug Hotel (at 10am and 4pm), August 2nd, Prairie du Chien
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, August 2nd
- Viroqua Farmers Market, August 2nd
- Yoga on the River at Sculpture Park, August 3rd, Prairie du Chien
- - Hillsboro Farmers Market, August 5th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, August 5th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, August 5th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, August 5th
- 4th Annual Farm to Fork Dinner in the Field, August 5th, Richford

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

CSP Community Calendar

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In the News

CSP Overview and Notes on the News

Driftless Bioregion

- Have outdoor plans? Read about park and trail closures
- Inspiring article on the future of agriculture
- The frogs have returned to Trumpeleau County!
- Update on Monroe County frac sand mine

Upper Midwest

- Stand with pipeline fighters working to stop Keystone XL
- Devastating amounts of algal blooms in the lakes this summer tell the story of an even bigger problem.
- Lack of oversight of High-capacity wells in Wisconsin ignores rural residents.
- Residents with contaminated water are left without the delivery of promised potable water

North America/Turtle Island

- Take Action: Stop the largest coal export terminal in North America
- Tell the President and Congress: Today's NAFTA renegotiation "plan" is unacceptable
- ACT NOW: Tell EPA Administrator Pruitt that weakening the methane pollution standard is unacceptable
- STOP the Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill!

Global

- An interesting proposal to halt deforestation
- 2017 is second hottest year on record

 

The Articles:

Driftless Bioregion

Storm damage, flooding closes trails at state park properties across southern and western Wisconsin (07/21/2017)
http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4288
“Wednesday night's storms resulted in downed trees and flooding at several state park and trail properties in west central, southwest and south central Wisconsin.”

The Future of Farmland: Grabbing the Land Back (07/18/2017)
http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-07-18/the-future-of-farmland-grabbing-the-land-back/
“The first part of this blog introduced the most recent iteration of domestic land grabs, by way of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). These investment schemes threaten an equitable and sustainable future for farmland ownership and stewardship by prioritizing profits, commodifying land as a financial asset, and consolidating ownership with absentee-landlords. As the farmland REIT sector grows, Sustainable Economies Law Center is busy researching and piloting alternative models of farmland ownership that prioritize racial equity, ecological sustainability, and long-term stewardship. While consolidation, characterized most recently by REITs, represents the history of farmland ownership, we see the democratic, cooperative, and community-controlled models below as the future.”

After a 50-year absence, endangered frogs call again in Trempealeau County (07/18/2017)
Volunteer's discovery of Blanchard's cricket frogs confirmed
http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=597#art5
“For the first time in half a century, the unique clicking call of the Blanchard's cricket frog has been documented in the marshes of Trempealeau County.”

Environmental groups drop lawsuits over Monroe County frac mine, continue challenge to DNR permit (07/14/2017)
http://host.madison.com/news/local/environment/environmental-groups-drop-lawsuits-over-monroe-county-frac-mine-continue/article_e8513c95-aef1-5a89-a25d-16fcb86cfbec.html
“Groups opposed to a proposed Monroe County frac sand operation have dropped court cases against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources but are continuing efforts to overturn the agency’s approval of a permit to fill pristine wetlands.”

Caution Advised Even After Flood Waters Recede (07/14/2017)
Home and business owners need to be aware of mold, well contamination, and their physical and emotional well-being
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/071417.htm
“State health officials are urging Wisconsin residents who live in flooded areas to be cautious even after the water begins to recede.”

The Driftless Region's Kickapoo Valley is a hilly paradise in western Wisconsin (07/06/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/travel/wisconsin/2017/07/06/driftless-regions-kickapoo-valley-hilly-paradise-western-wisconsin/451224001/
“There's no hurrying here. The hills prevent that. In the Driftless Region, sometimes it's best to sit back in a rocking chair and watch nature do its thing.”

Emerald Sky Dairy's manure spill gives neighbors pause (07/05/2017)
http://www.rivertowns.net/news/region/4292980-emerald-sky-dairys-manure-spill-gives-neighbors-pause
"Accountability is a good thing," he said. "I have no problem with people holding us accountable, because occurrences like this make us better. A spill makes us better. We'll improve from this and change facility designs. Good things will come out of a bad situation."

Wisconsin Assembly votes to relax deer baiting-feeding ban (06/21/2017)
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/wisconsin-assembly-set-to-relax-deer-baiting-feeding-ban/article_01cbb783-2ed9-5e6e-9af2-c99bce365430.html
Baiting and feeding for the purpose of hunting or training dogs is currently banned in counties where CWD is present as well as in neighboring counties. The ban is meant to slow CWD's spread by keeping deer from congregating over food.

Madison in Bloom: Blue-Green Algae Hits Home (06/21/2017)
http://blog.limnology.wisc.edu/madison-in-bloom-blue-green-algae-hits-lake-mendota/
"Like this summer, those summers were also marked by “classic” conditions for an algae bloom. Lake Mendota sits in a landscape dominated by agriculture. And some elements of this agriculture, especially the manure produced by dairy operations and synthetic fertilizers used to help corn and soybeans grow, is loaded with phosphorus. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if things would just stay where they’re put.
But this spring and early summer has been marked by not only higher-than-average rainfall (we’re about 35% above normal precipitation levels) but also by intense storm events of 2 inches or more of rain.
All of this rain, especially the “gullywashers,” carry tons of phosphorus-laden soil into nearby creeks and streams, where it eventually ends up in our lakes and is just as good at growing algae as it is soybeans."

Meteor Timber Wetlands Destruction Permit Challenged over Significant Harm (06/20/2017)
http://midwestadvocates.org/news-events/news/meteor-timber-wetlands-destruction-permit-challenged-over-significant-harm/
“On Monday, Midwest Environmental Advocates – on behalf of the Ho-Chunk Nation – filed a petition to challenge the wetland fill permit issued to Meteor Timber LLC for an industrial sand processing facility and rail project. Clean Wisconsin also challenged the permit and requested administrative review by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The petitions ask to put the wetland fill on hold until the parties can get review of the agency’s decision.”

Supreme Court recognizes the value of citizen testimony in frac sand permit dispute
http://midwestadvocates.org/news-events/news/supreme-court-recognizes-the-value-of-citizen-testimony-in-frac-sand-permit-dispute/
Importantly, the Court noted that concerns local citizens raised were directly related to the different considerations about the mine’s impact that the County Zoning ordinance required the committee to take into account.

ACT NOW: Support funding for county conservation staff
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F37#/37/
“Year after year, Governor Walker's proposed state budget calls to reduce staff funding to county soil and water conservation departments by $800,000 per year ($1.6 million total). This would have lasting impacts on our first line of defense, putting at risk our lakes, rivers, and drinking water.”

Upper Midwest

Stand with the pipeline fighters working to stop Keystone XL (07/23/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/no_kxl_2017?t=2&akid=24189%2E11266327%2ESRI_Qg
“Please join us in thanking and standing in solidarity with the pipeline fighters along the proposed Keystone XL route who are doing everything in their power to make sure this dirty tar sands pipeline is never built. Our friends at Bold Nebraska will soon share our thank you messages directly with pipeline fighters on the route, so please add your name now to make sure they know we stand with them.”

Sharon Corrigan: Healthy farms and healthy lakes must go hand in hand (07/14/2017)
http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/sharon-corrigan-healthy-farms-and-healthy-lakes-must-go-hand/article_a8c1fad4-a267-518d-b01b-5750f6e61320.html
“The main goal of Healthy Farms Healthy Lakes is to create a greater community understanding of the best practices and policies for managing farmland and to make recommendations to the County Board regarding county policy. It will begin work this year and work toward making recommendations in late 2018.”

Groundwater concerns floated as well regulations reduced (07/14/2017)
http://www.newrichmond-news.com/news/region/4297012-groundwater-concerns-floated-well-regulations-reduced
“Owners of wells that pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day are no longer subject to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources review for maintenance and replacement of existing wells.”

To fight feedlot runoff, WI DNR has delivered zero bottled water as promised (07/12/2017)
https://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2017/07/to-fight-feedlot-runoff-wi-dnr-has.html
“Wisconsin residents and taxpayers are supposed to get bottled water because the DNR and its permittees are not effectively stopping the flow of brown water.
The DNR should get into the field and fix this and be the people's advocates.”

Manure Spill Enters Northeastern Wisconsin Creek (07/12/2017)
Neighborhood Dairy Reports Spill; Create Boundary To Contain Runoff
http://www.wpr.org/manure-spill-enters-northeastern-wisconsin-creek
“A manure spill at a 950-cow dairy farm in northeastern Wisconsin ran into a local creek that feeds into the Fox River.”

DNR: 'Significant fish kill' after Outagamie County manure spill (07/11/2017)
http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2017/07/11/dnr-significant-fish-kill-after-outagamie-county-manure-spill/469100001/
“The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said a manure spill at a large dairy farm early this week resulted in a "significant fish kill" in Dutchman Creek.”

Wisconsin moves to protect groundwater with rules limiting manure spreading (07/10/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/07/10/wisconsin-moves-protect-groundwater-rules-limiting-manure-spreading/464819001/
“After years of complaints about manure spreading and its potential to harm drinking water, state officials are advancing first-ever rules to limit animal waste on vulnerable soils of eastern Wisconsin.”

Scott Walker Set to Sign Koch Anti-Regulations Bill in Wisconsin (07/10/2017)
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/07/10/koch-reins-act-wisconsin-governor-scott-walker?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter
“Wisconsin's version mandates that if a proposed regulation causes “$10 million or more in implementation and compliance costs” over a two year period, that rule must either be rewritten or go by the wayside. Known as Senate Bill 15, the Wisconsin bill passed the state Senate on a party-line vote, 62-34 and would be the first state-level REINS bill on the books in the country.”

Bayfield County, DNR In Settlement Talks Over CAFO Ordinance (07/10/2017)
County: Court Date Postponed While Talks Are Ongoing
http://www.wpr.org/bayfield-county-dnr-settlement-talks-over-cafo-ordinance
“Bayfield County officials say they’ve begun formal settlement talks with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over an ordinance that would go beyond state standards for large farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.”
ACTION ALERT!!
Contact your Bayfield County Supervisor and tell them:
1) You support the South Fish Creek Animal Waste and Storage Ordinance because you think it's vital to protecting Lake Superior and the City of Ashland's drinking water.
2) You want Bayfield County to stand strong in the negotiations with the Wisconsin DNR because their 'one-size fits all' permitting scheme has resulted in water pollution all the state (Kewaunee, La Crosse, Yahara Watershed, Green Bay in Lake Michigan, etc).
3) As a Bayfield County property owner/taxpayer, you are willing to bear the burden of any legal fees if negotiations aren't successful and this ends up in Bayfield County Court because you believe Lake Superior and its watershed not only provide drinking water for Ashland's 8,000+ residents, they hold 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water.
For more information on the ordinance, the DNR's response brief and Bayfield County's reply brief, please see the latest FNF newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/…/a-moratorium-a-manure-storage-ordinance…
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!!

Wisconsin Farmers Celebrate Move Toward Ending WOTUS Rule (06/28/2017)
Some Worry Removing Controversial Rule Will Lead To Cutback On Water Conservation
http://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-farmers-celebrate-move-toward-ending-wotus-rule
“Several Wisconsin agriculture organizations say they’re relieved the United States Environmental Protection Agency has moved one step closer to removing the controversial Waters of the United States rule.”

Lee Luft: State scores a rare trifecta — but Wisconsin farmers and residents don't win (06/24/2017)
http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/lee-luft-state-scores-a-rare-trifecta-but-wisconsin-farmers/article_d656dac0-e8a8-582f-898d-05baa293c3ea.html#utm_source=host.madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fcaptimes-news%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=F6C6E9BA9B286FFD5136AB80C8E26337F8301E76
“Yes, our state can tout these new records, but real winners are hard to find. When will Wisconsin choose a course correction that no longer encourages increasing milk production in a glutted market, or further expansions of CAFOs that require land-spreading of millions of gallons of liquid manure over known vulnerable land, or the drilling of ever-more high-capacity wells? It will happen only when we, individual citizens of Wisconsin, get involved and require that our legislators demand a more reasoned approach and more accountability. Take the time to contact those who represent you and your area. Today is not too soon to start.”

Congress: Protect the Great Lakes and our environment
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F38#/38/
“Speak out against dangerous cuts to Wisconsin’s environmental and public health safety net! Tell Congress to protect our Great Lakes, our drinking and groundwater, and the air we breathe.
The Trump Administration is moving forward with plans to dramatically cut funding for core programs that protect Wisconsin residents from these threats. The budget calls for a 97 percent reduction in funding for the protection of our Great Lakes – which contain 20 percent of the world’s freshwater.
Send a message to urge Congress to reject this reckless budget proposal and to identify sustainable funding for these essential programs.”

 

 

North America/Turtle Island

Stop the largest coal export terminal in North America (07/25/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/millennium_coal_comments?t=2&akid=24227%2E11266327%2EgR2M9p
“The Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington would ship 44 million tons of coal each year from mines in Montana and Wyoming overseas, boosting U.S. coal exports by a stunning 40 percent.1 The terminal and trains transporting coal would destroy wildlife habitats and pollute waterways, adversely affect Native fishing areas and exacerbate runaway climate change.
The Washington Department of Ecology is currently accepting public comments for Millennium's water quality certification – but only for the next few days. Now is our chance to pressure regulators to reject this permit application and stop this dangerous and dirty project for good.”

Tell the President & Congress:
Today’s NAFTA Renegotiation “Plan” Is Unacceptable (07/17/2017)
“The Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fails to take the bold steps needed to replace NAFTA with a deal that works for working families. Instead, it relies heavily on language from past, business-as-usual trade policies that have privileged big corporations over people and the planet.”

ACT NOW: Tell EPA Administrator Pruitt that weakening the methane pollution standard is unacceptable. (07/17/2017)
http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50836/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22865
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to delay and rewrite methane pollution standards that protect our children and our planet from dangerous methane pollution. We have a chance to send comments to the EPA right now so they know what the public thinks about weakening clean air protection.”

STOP the Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill! (07/15/2017)
https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app363a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=3047&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=3109935090C19080EF3F2FFF3F3DBA79
“Mitch McConnell is using dirty tricks to push a disastrous dirty energy bill through Congress.
The bill would keep us addicted to fossil fuels and be a disaster for people on this planet.
This bill expedites approval for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities to ship more fracked gas abroad, and it blatantly excludes renewables we desperately need, like wind and solar.”

Tell Congress: No oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (07/11/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/trump_anwr?t=2&akid=23982.11266327.-GIhj2
“As a priority in his most recent budget, Trump proposed to allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which would pose a massive threat to endangered species and other wildlife and surely result in a catastrophic oil spill.
Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR and oppose any attempts to allow drilling in this fragile ecosystem.”

Should ‘Regenerative’ Agriculture Get Its Own Label? (07/10/2017)
Some groups want to compete with the organic label and raise the standards for eco-conscious consumers. But others worry that another label could end up sowing market confusion.
http://civileats.com/2017/07/10/should-regenerative-agriculture-get-its-own-label/?mc_cid=9fdd482bae&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“This is good for an obvious reason: Plants grow better in soil with high levels of organic matter. But soil fertility is a reliable indicator of something else, too: how much carbon dioxide the ground can absorb from the surrounding environment. Scientists have linked high atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to a warming climate, so the more CO2 the soil can sequester from the air, the better. Research has also indicated carbon sequestration can replenish depleted carbon networks in soil.”

Another contender enters the Permian sand race (07/10/2017)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Another-contender-enters-the-Permian-sand-race-11274355.php
“The latest shale boom in the Permian and the drive to produce oil more efficiently in an era of low crude prices have driven demand for sand, used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale rock through which oil and gas flows. Texas is already home to about 10 fracturing sand mines, becoming a player in an industry long dominated by Wisconsin and Minnesota sands.”

Federal court blocks Trump EPA on air pollution (07/03/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-court-blocks-trump-epa-on-air-pollution/2017/07/03/464a7344-601e-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_methane-521pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.8f779bb9898e
“An appeals court Monday struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new emission standards on oil and gas wells, a decision that could set back the Trump administration’s broad legal strategy for rolling back Obama-era rules.”

LAST CHANCE to add your comment: Say NO to drilling, mining or logging in Bears Ears! (07/03/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22014&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Bears Ears National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Bears Ears. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place -- before it's too late!”

Add your comment: Stop Trump from handing over our oceans to Big Oil! (07/01/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22017&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“This week, Donald Trump's Interior Department announced that it's taking the first step toward massively expanding oil drilling in our oceans.
If Big Oil is allowed to drill in these areas, it will be only a matter of time before the next oil disaster. Fragile marine ecosystems and coastal communities would be at risk. We need your help to stop Trump's plan!”

Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: hands off our water! (06/29/2017)
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F39#/39/
“In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized commonsense protections for streams and wetlands across the country. These safeguards protect the small streams that feed the drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans. They protect wetlands throughout the nation that filter pollutants from water, absorb floodwaters, and provide habitat for countless wildlife. It was a no-brainer supported by millions of Americans and backed by science. It was a huge victory for our water.
On June 27th, the Trump Administration proposed rolling back these protections - putting all of those water bodies at risk. We can't let that happen. Make your voice heard – send a message to the EPA today.”

Add your comment: No fossil fuel development in the Marianas Trench! (06/26/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21975&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy this precious marine Monument. So we need you to speak up and help save this special place!”

Tell your Senators: Stop Jeff Holmstead from leading the EPA! (06/23/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21973
“Any day now, Donald Trump could nominate Jeff Holmstead -- a coal industry lobbyist -- for the #2 job at the EPA. This could be a disaster for people and the planet!
Holmstead hasn't officially been nominated yet. If we make it clear that he'd be blocked in the Senate, we can stop Trump from going through with it.”

Sanderson Farms: Stop Advertising Your Contaminated Chicken as '100% Natural'! (06/22/2017)
https://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50865/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=20861
‘“By federal law, all chickens have to be cleared of antibiotics before they leave the farm,” says the folksy, flannel-wearing actor in a Sanderson Farms “Truth about Chicken—Supermarket” video.
So imagine our surprise when we learned that government testing of Sanderson chicken products uncovered 11 instances of antibiotics for human use in Sanderson chicken—after it had left the farm.
One of those antibiotics, chloramphenical, is not only prohibited in food-producing animals, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program report (2016), is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Antibiotics aren’t the only “unnatural” substances in Sanderson chicken. Tests revealed growth hormones prohibited in poultry production, pesticides and prescription drugs—including one with hallucinogenic effects!’

Tell Banks: Stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline (06/22/2017)
https://www.ran.org/tell_banks_stop_kinder_morgan_s_trans_mountain_pipeline?utm_campaign=stopkm_l_f&utm_content=eg_tar&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork&utm_term=CTA1
“We warned banks that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline would be a disaster for Indigenous rights and the environment. But instead of doing the right thing for people and planet, 22 banks poured another $5.5 billion Canadian into the project. Email the CEOs of these banks and tell them to stop financing Kinder Morgan’s oil pipeline and all tar sands projects. #StopKM #DefundTarSands”

Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Delisted -- Tell Zinke to stop the attacks on wildlife. (06/22/2017)
https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0082360&id=7010Z000001umscQAA&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=ourwildamerica
“Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that they are delisting the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear. This decision will set grizzly recovery in the region back by decades. Greater Yellowstone grizzlies are already facing an uphill battle -- isolation from other bears, diminished sources of food, and record-high mortalities. The surrounding states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have already made it clear that without endangered species protections, they will immediately reduce the number of bears in the area and allow people to trophy hunt grizzly bears. For years, activists like you have called on U.S. Department of Interior to continue to protect these grizzlies, honoring the Tribal Nations who hold these bears sacred. Now, Interior Secretary Zinke must know that we will not stand by and allow Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears to go the way of the dinosaurs.”

YOUR BANK IS FUNDING EXTREME FOSSIL FUELS. TELL IT TO STOP. (06/21/2017)
https://www.ran.org/banking_on_climate_change?utm_campaign=bocc_l_2017_f&utm_content=eg_eneg&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork&utm_term=CTA1
“Big banks’ business as usual is killing the climate. From 2014-2016, big banks around the world poured $290 billion into extreme fossil fuel companies and failed to respect human rights. In the 8th annual fossil fuel finance report card, we analyzed bank policy and investments in the most carbon intensive, financially risky, and environmentally destructive fossil fuel sectors.”

Add your comment: Save Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument! (06/19/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21944&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening to destroy this Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Grand Canyon Parashant. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”

Stop the EPA's approval of the Pebble Mine (06/14/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_pebble_mine?t=2&akid=23719.11266327.KZ74wj
“The world's largest salmon fishery is again under threat of massive amounts of toxic mining waste — and this time our own government is behind it.
In a reversal of Obama administration efforts, climate change denier Scott Pruitt and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have given a Canadian company the green light to begin construction on the Pebble Mine in Alaska, which would be one of largest open-pit gold and copper mines in the world.
Industrial polluters, Republicans in Congress and now the Trump administration are pushing for this unmitigated disaster that could destroy the pristine Bristol Bay watershed along with its jobs, economy and wildlife. We must demand that the EPA stop this reckless corporate assault on our environment.”

 

Global

A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees (07/20/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/climate/a-cheap-fix-for-climate-change-pay-people-not-to-chop-down-trees-uganda.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-2&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region
“Now, a team of researchers has shown that there is a surprisingly cheap and easy way to slow the pace of deforestation in Uganda: Just pay landowners small sums not to cut down their trees. Their study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, demonstrated this by conducting something all too rare in environmental policy - a controlled experiment.”

At Midway Point, 2017 Is 2nd-Hottest Year on Record (07/18/2017)
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/midway-point-2017-2nd-hottest-year-21625
NOAA released its global temperature data for June on Tuesday, and ranked June as the third warmest in its records. The four-warmest Junes in its records have all happened in the past four years. (NASA, which released its June numbers on Friday, ranked June as the fourth hottest. The two agencies handle the data slightly differently, which can lead to small differences in their rankings, though they strongly agree on recent warming.)

Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off (07/05/2017)
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-huge-antarctic-ice-block-poised.html
“A chunk of ice bigger than the US state of Delaware is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images revealed Wednesday.
When it finally calves from the Larsen C ice shelf, one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history will be set adrift—some 6,600 square kilometres (2,550 square miles) in total, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).”

Tell Cargill to cut ties with conflict palm oil! (07/08/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22046&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“REPSA and other companies like it get away with its destructive business model because multinational agribusiness giants like Cargill buy their palm oil. But if you speak up, you can convince Cargill to stop supporting these companies!”

Send a message to Peruvian officials: Protect indigenous leaders! (07/05/2017)
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22024&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“The Peruvian Amazon is under threat from the palm oil industry. But indigenous leader Robert Guimaraes is fighting back.
He and other community leaders have been subject to death threats, defamation campaigns and even assassination -- all for trying to protect their land and the environment. We need your help to stop this violence!”

Tell Mizuho: Stop bankrolling climate change, rainforest destruction and human rights abuses (06/23/2017)
https://www.ran.org/tell_mizuho_stop_bankrolling_climate_change_rainforest_destruction_and_human_rights_abuses?utm_campaign=mizuho_bank2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork
“Mizuho Bank is one of the leading financiers of rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia, the number one financier of fossil fuel companies in Japan, and a major financier of coal power worldwide. Mizuho’s financing of fossil fuels and rainforest destruction are fueling climate change and endangering both people and the planet.”


 

 

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