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

June 6, 2017

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Help save a significant bat habitat in Crawford County!

Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) needs your help with aquiring the Kickapoo Indian Caverns!

his 83-acre property in Crawford County hosts one of Wisconsin’s top five largest hibernating bat populations. The federally threatened northern long-eared bat, state threatened little brown bat and eastern pipistrelle spend all winter in this spectacular cavern system. The site is at a regionally important bat migration corridors near the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. MVC will limit access to the cavern during the time bats are sensitive to disturbance but guided tours of this stunning limestone cavern would be permitted at other times of the year.
Kickapoo Caverns is one of Wisconsin’s longest natural cavern systems. The cave features include an underground river, cathedral-like chambers and beautifully colored ribbon stalactites.
Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently conserve this unique site. You’ll not only be helping bats, but also protecting native remnant prairie, oak woodland, rock outcrops, sinkholes and part of the Lower Kickapoo River Important Bird Area! While the cavern would be open only for guided tours, the rest of the property offers hiking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, and hunting opportunities. The site will become available for educational events and research opportunities.
Time is running out and MVC needs an additional $150,000 to complete the purchase before it’s too late.

Click here to donate

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Check out our latest Stewardship Newsletter and extended indigenous interviews article!

Newsletter **** Extended Indigenous Interviews

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There are many opportunities for all to support local sustainable farmers with farmers markets in Crawford County and beyond!!
Check out the upcoming events below to see upcoming markets and also check out our Community Calendar for more details on each market and to plan ahead.

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Upcoming Events

- Reviewing Grazing Infrastructure Basics, June 6th, Ferryville
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, June 6th, Viroqua
- Kids in The Garden: Planting and Labeling, June 7th, Prairie du Chien...
- Wetland Explorers - Nature Tots, June 7th, Marquette
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, June 7th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, June 7th
- Family Nature Day, June 8th, Marquette
- Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting, June 8th, Mazomanie
- Yoga on the River at Lawler Park, June 8th, Prairie du Chien
- Farmers Market, June 9th, Marquette
- Friends of Readstown First Annual Canoe Race and Music Festival Fundraiser, June 10th, Reedstown
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, June 10th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, June 10th, Prairie du Chien
- Ferryville Farmers Market, June 10th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, June 10th
- Kickapoo Trail Workday, June 10th, Gays Mills
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, June 13th, Viroqua
- Planting Our Garden (at 10am and 4pm), June 14th, Prairie du Chien
- Wetland Explorers Nature Tots, June 14th, Marquette
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, June 14th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, June 14th
- Yoga on the River at Lawler Park, June 15th, Prairie du Chien
- 28th Annual Energy Fair, June 16th- 18th, Custer
- Farmers Market, June 16th, Marquette
- Mysteries of the Driftless Viewing, June 16th, Marquette
- Junior Ranger Day, June 17th, Harpers Ferry
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, June 17th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, June 17th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, June 17th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, June 17th

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
- ACT NOW: Support funding for county conservation staff
- Governor Walker signs high capacity well bill
- WI Supreme Court backs Trempealeau County’s rejection of frac sand mining
- Act Now: Ask your legislators to fight for Wisconsin State Parks

Upper Midwest
- Rediscovered environmentally sensitive mosses may tell the story of how ecosystems have changed from pollutants
- The killing of coyotes put the gray wolf in danger
- No Back 40 Mine: Protect Wisconsin's Waters from Sulfide Mining
- Bipartisan support for DNR magazine

North America/Turtle Island
- Add your comment: No drilling, mining or logging in Mojave Trails National Monument
- Sign and send a message to Congress: We need action on climate change!
- TELL CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA: INVESTIGATE EXXON AND ITS FELLOW FOSSIL-FUEL COMPANIES FOR DELIBERATE AND MALICIOUS CLIMATE DECEPTION
- Don’t Let Politicians and Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Public Partnership that Has Been the Hallmark of Organic Rulemaking:
Incremental Improvements in Organic Livestock Regulations Need to Go into Effect

Global
- We, the people of the United States, sign on to the Paris Agreement
- Demand Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Keep its Promises to Respect Human Rights

The Articles:

Driftless Bioregion

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.”

Walker Signs Bill Easing High-Capacity Well Regulations (06/01/2017)
Sen. Mark Miller: Bill Goes Against State Constitution
http://www.wpr.org/walker-signs-bill-easing-high-capacity-well-regulations
“Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday relaxing regulations on high-capacity wells used by vegetable growers, dairies along with other large businesses.
The new law means well owners won't need to have their permits reviewed if their systems are sold or need to be repaired.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Frac Sand Mine Rejection (05/31/2017)
Iowa-Based AllEnergy Argues Permit Denial Based On Public Opinion
http://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-supreme-court-upholds-frac-sand-mine-rejection
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Trempealeau County's rejection of a frac sand mine proposal in a case that had potential to change zoning laws statewide.”

Act Now: Ask your legislators to fight for Wisconsin State Parks
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F36#/36/
Imagine a Wisconsin without public parks, access to hunting grounds, family campsites, or your favorite fishing spot. For most of us, it’s unthinkable. Yet, the places that define Wisconsin’s culture and drive its economy are coming under increased assault.

Sand industry back in business in western Wisconsin (05/27/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/sand-industry-back-in-business-in-western-wisconsin/article_07188ca7-2a6b-50a7-add7-ef6d22796bfa.html
‘“The industry was fairly dormant for a while, but now it has reawakened,” Kent Syverson said last week. “These mines are going full out again.”’

Floodplain Forest Restoration Aims To Stomp Out Invasive Grass (05/25/2017)
More Trees Mean Better Habitat For Birds, Fish On Mississippi River
http://www.wpr.org/floodplain-forest-restoration-aims-stomp-out-invasive-grass
“Efforts to rejuvenate floodplain forests along the upper Mississippi River are seen as critical to restoring animal habitat and improving water quality.”

Republican lawmakers seek to ease phosphorus regulations (05/17/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/republican-lawmakers-seek-to-ease-phosphorous-regulations/article_a9ea0c17-3cac-5723-99e4-b3befeafc9e0.html
“A group of 31 Republican state lawmakers are calling for the federal government to help ease regulations of phosphorus discharge into lakes and streams, saying complying with the standards is too expensive for small municipalities.”

Tell Ace Hardware: Stop selling bee-killing pesticides!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21699&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Walmart and True Value are eliminating bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides! These companies are joining Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, and others in the fight to save bees.
There is only one large garden retailer who is still holding out -- Ace Hardware. It’s time for Ace to join its competitors and make a firm commitment to stop selling neonics.”

La Crosse County Health Officials Continue To Find Contaminated Private Wells (05/10/2017)
After Discovering Issues With CAFO Monitoring, La Crosse County Officials Have Been Encouraging Residents To Test Private Wells
http://www.wpr.org/la-crosse-county-health-officials-continue-find-contaminated-private-wells
“La Crosse County health officials continue to find increased levels of nitrates in private wells.
Last month, the La Crosse County Health Department notified 2,000 households their private wells may be contaminated.
Since then, 451 wells have been tested for nitrates, with 29 percent showing nitrate levels over the allowable 10 parts per million.”

Act now! Get manure out of our drinking water
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F35#/35/
“The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection estimates that about one-in-five private wells in rural areas of Wisconsin have levels of agricultural pollution that make the water unsafe to drink.”

La Crosse County Judge Orders Public Service Commission To Re-Evaluate Route For New Line (05/03/2017)
http://www.wpr.org/judge-halts-construction-part-badger-coulee-transmission-line
“A La Crosse County judge has halted work on a section of the Badger-Coulee Transmission Line.
In a decision filed this week, La Crosse County Judge Todd Bjerke found the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin did not provide a rational basis for the placement Badger-Coulee power line.”

Allow Comparison of Savings and CO2 Reductions from Energy Efficiency and Local Solar Power in Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission Proposal
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/525/536/000/
“We ask you to join more than 1,700 electric customers in petitioning the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (WPSC) to comprehensively evaluate non-transmission alternatives for yet another transmission proposal (05-CE-146) as our electricity use continues to decline and more cost-effective, locally beneficial alternatives flourish.”

After March For Science, Groups Look To Educate Public, Be Resource (04/24/2017)
Thousands Attend Marches Across Wisconsin On Earth Day
http://www.wpr.org/after-march-science-groups-look-educate-public-be-resource
“Two Wisconsin groups say their efforts to promote sound science will continue beyond the Saturday marches that brought thousands of people out across the state and more across the globe.”




Upper Midwest

UW Hopes To Make Most Of Rediscovered Mosses (06/02/2017)
More Than 2,000 Specimens Located
http://www.wpr.org/uw-hopes-make-most-rediscovered-mosses
“An upcoming analysis of the environmentally sensitive mosses may help show how Wisconsin and Great Lakes ecosystems changed as the region became more industrialized and urbanized.”

Coalition Says Coyote-Killing Contests In Wisconsin Need Reining In (06/02/2017)
Groups Worry Endangered Wolves Are Being Killed
http://www.wpr.org/coalition-says-coyote-killing-contests-wisconsin-need-reining “The coalition includes wolf protection groups in Madison and Duluth, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER.
According to PEER, conservation biologists have complained to the group that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources isn't protecting the endangered gray wolf. PEER attorney Adam Carlesco said some wolves are being shot.”

No Back 40 Mine: Protect Wisconsin's Waters from Sulfide Mining
https://www.wisconsinrivers.org/noback40mine
“River Alliance of Wisconsin announces an awareness and advocacy campaign in opposition to the proposed Back Forty Mine. The proposed mine would use cyanide to extract and process gold, and would produce sulfuric acid as a byproduct.
Citizens are concerned about negative impacts to drinking water supply, property values, tourism, aquatic life such as lake sturgeon, as well as the desecration of sacred Menominee cultural sites.
Action is critical in the coming months as the mining company, Aquila Resources, has obtained three of the four permits required by Michigan state law.
Stay informed and engaged in opposition to the proposed Back Forty Mine” through the link above.

Wisconsin Republicans buck Walker to save DNR's popular outdoors magazine (05/31/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/05/31/wisconsin-republicans-eliminating-state-portion-property-tax/355516001/
“The Legislature's budget committee Wednesday rejected Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate the state's outdoors magazine, but cut it back from six issues a year to four.”

Sign the Petition to Banks: Stop Financing DAPL and Tar Sands Pipelines
https://petitions.signforgood.com/DefundPipelines/?code=CHV
“Without loans, bond sales, and other forms of financial support, pipelines like DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East and other oil infrastructure won’t be built.”

DNR Action Could Lead to More Beaver Trapping; Shooting Of Doves (05/29/2017)
Agency Goes Against Advice From Former Employee; Wildlife Group
http://www.wpr.org/dnr-action-could-lead-more-beaver-trapping-shooting-doves
“Actions taken by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board last week could lead to more beaver and otter trapping in the state. And, some animal advocates say they worry that more birds known as collared doves may be shot.”

Manure Runoff Plan Coming Soon, Natural Resources Board Member Says (05/26/2017)
'Four Rs' Of Fertilizer Management May Be Addressed In Upcoming Proposal
http://www.wpr.org/manure-runoff-plan-coming-soon-natural-resources-board-member-says
“The vice chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board says he's confident the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to reducing water pollution problems caused by manure runoff and that a formal proposal to do so is coming soon.”

DNR approves sand mining project with large wetlands loss (05/20/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/05/20/dnr-approves-sand-mining-project-large-wetlands-loss/333855001/
“A timber company's plans to develop a $65 million sand processing facility between Tomah and Black River Falls that would destroy a large swath of wetlands were approved by the Department of Natural Resources on Friday.”

Patrick Durkin: Gov. Scott Walker stiff-arms WCC (05/20/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/recreation/outdoors/patrick-durkin-gov-scott-walker-stiff-arms-wcc/article_1fcc027e-37eb-536e-a103-d5e6afefb149.html#tncms-source=behavioral
“For the second straight year Gov. Scott Walker left the podium without taking questions from the Wisconsin Conservation Congress at its annual convention May 12, raising eyebrows among some delegates long accustomed to Q&A’s after gubernatorial addresses, including Walker himself on two occasions.”

DNR to recommend 8% increase in antlerless harvest quota (05/20/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/outdoors/2017/05/20/outbits-21/327663001/
“To help curb growth in the state's white-tailed deer herd, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will recommend an 8% increase in its 2017 harvest goal for antlerless deer.”

Foresters Push Back As Walker Pushes Property Tax Cuts (05/19/2017)
Governor's Two-Year Budget Proposal Eliminates Forestry Mill Tax
http://www.wpr.org/foresters-push-back-walker-pushes-property-tax-cuts
“Gov. Scott Walker is making an aggressive push to eliminate the state's portion of property tax bills in the 2017-19 state budget, but his proposal is getting resistance from forestry groups across the state.”

Oil Company Plans To Ship Ethanol From Port Of Milwaukee (05/19/2017)
Access Line Raises Environmental Concerns Among Milwaukee Common Council Members
http://www.wpr.org/oil-company-plans-ship-ethanol-port-milwaukee
“Appleton-based U.S. Venture Inc. has received approval from a Milwaukee Common Council committee to ship ethanol from the Port of Milwaukee despite the plan raising environmental concerns.”

Golden Sands Mega-Dairy Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling (05/18/2017)
Golden Sands Owner: 'Court Of Appeals Failed To Properly Apply The Law'
http://www.wpr.org/golden-sands-mega-dairy-asks-wisconsin-supreme-court-overturn-ruling
“In April, the 4th District Court of Appeals ruled that although the dairy has the right to put buildings on its land, it does not have the right to use 6,300 acres away from the building site for agriculture and manure spreading.”

A Move In Kewaunee County Aims At Applying Manure To Croplands (05/15/2017)
Draft Proposal Means Farmers Couldn't Use High Pressure To Spray Manure On Fields
http://www.wpr.org/move-kewaunee-county-aims-applying-manure-croplands
“Kewaunee County administrator Scott Feldt helped write a draft ordinance that would require farmers to use low-pressure methods to drop liquid manure on their fields rather than using sprayers that look like giant sprinklers.
The draft ordinance reads that manure must be applied in droplets and can't be sprayed on above the "canopy" of a crop. In the case of a corn field, that would be approximately 6-8 feet. The draft ordinance would allow farmers to apply manure longer than is now allowed.”

Sign the Petition to Banks: Stop Financing DAPL and Tar Sands Pipelines
https://petitions.signforgood.com/DefundPipelines/?code=BA&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fboldnebraska.webaction.org%2Fp%2Fsalsa%2Fdonation%2Fcommon%2Fpublic%2F%3Fdonate_page_KEY%3D16909
“Without loans, bond sales, and other forms of financial support, pipelines like DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East and other oil infrastructure won’t be built.”

Senate to consider looser fish farm regulations (05/10/2017)
http://www.news8000.com/news/senate-to-consider-looser-fish-farm-regulations/490956741
“Under the bill, fish farms would no longer need permits to discharge material into a wetland if the wetland was created for fish farming. It would also allow natural water bodies to serve as fish farms. And farms would no longer need permits to construct or enlarge artificial water bodies connected to a navigable waterway.”

Wisconsin Farmer Fights Drainage District To Preserve Trout Habitat (05/08/2017)
Legal Battle Pits Environmental Concerns Against Established Agricultural Practices
http://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-farmer-fights-drainage-district-preserve-trout-habitat
“Isherwood is suing the Portage County Drainage District over the tradition of dredging ditches in order to keep fields dry for agriculture. The lawsuit, filed in July 2016, seeks to keep the district from ripping out a half-mile trout habitat Isherwood created in a ditch that runs through his property.”

Study Tallies Safe Drinking Water Act Violations (05/03/2017)
Wisconsin Ranks 12th Worst In 1 Of Several Measurements Used
http://www.wpr.org/study-tallies-safe-drinking-water-act-violations
“The NRDC analyzed data the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supplied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA in 2015 chronicling issues with drinking water.
The study released Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group lists nearly 1,400 violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act by public wells in Wisconsin, resulting in the state's 12th worst ranking for the number of violations per the number of people using community wells. The study ranks states in several ways.”
Another article on the report: http://wuwm.com/post/report-wisconsin-among-12-worst-states-drinking-water-safety#stream/0

Take action now: tell Citi to respect Indigenous rights and stop funding environmental destruction.
https://www.ran.org/citi_indigenous_rights?utm_campaign=citi2017_f&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork
“Citi was a top lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Now they are funding TransCanada, Kinder Morgan, and Enbridge — three companies trying to build tar sands pipelines through Indigenous lands and against the will of Indigenous peoples.”




North America/Turtle Island


Add your comment: No drilling, mining or logging in Mojave Trails National Monument
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21857&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Last month, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Mojave Trails National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Mojave Trails. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”

Sign and send a message to Congress: We need action on climate change!
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/letters/sign-and-send-a-message-to-congress-we-need-action-on-climate-change?detail=emailaction&link_id=0&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-trump-was-reckless-make-sure-congress-isnt-3&email_referrer=trump-was-reckless-make-sure-congress-isnt-3&email_subject=trump-was-reckless-make-sure-congress-isnt
“With a presidential administration that's gambling with our future, we need Congress to stop hiding in the back seat and step up to fulfill their responsibilities. Join the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and tell your elected officials that it's time to act on climate.”
TELL CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA: INVESTIGATE EXXON AND ITS FELLOW FOSSIL-FUEL COMPANIES FOR DELIBERATE AND MALICIOUS CLIMATE DECEPTION
http://act.climatehawksvote.com/becerra_vs_exxon?utm_campaign=20170603_bacerr&utm_medium=email&utm_source=climatehawksvote
“Exxon knew about climate change in the 1970s. And surprise, surprise, they’ve been lying about it ever since -- they’ve spent tens of millions of dollars over the past forty years funding a climate denial industry that keeps the public in the dark and pressures lawmakers not to fix the problem.”

Don’t Let Politicians and Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Public Partnership that Has Been the Hallmark of Organic Rulemaking:
Incremental Improvements in Organic Livestock Regulations Need to Go into Effect
https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/05/action-alert-tell-usda-to-protect-organic-animal-welfare/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=6.3.17&utm_campaign=LivestockMORE
“The USDA is requesting your input at this critical juncture to determine whether the organic livestock rule should be scrapped or become effective as planned. Help us protect the integrity of the public organic rulemaking process by making these rules effective now.”

Add your comment: No drilling mining or logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21823&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Last month, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Giant Sequoia National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Giant Sequoia. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”

Stop Trump's attacks on our national monuments
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/national_monuments?t=2&akid=23279.11266327.pbn3Fz
“If Donald Trump's picks of fossil fuel executives and climate change deniers to fill his administration were not enough, he is now going after some of America's most pristine and iconic national monuments.
In what he claims will undo a "massive federal land grab," Trump recently signed an executive order directing the Interior Department to review dozens of national monument designations in order to shrink or eliminate them altogether. But the reality is that this is nothing more than a massive giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.”

Tell Perdue: Stop messing with animal welfare protections!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21826&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Sonny Perdue's USDA is playing "death by delay" with new improvements for animal welfare standards.
Every day the USDA doesn't act is a day some chickens don't get to see the light of day. Only you can stop this from happening -- but we need you to speak up NOW!”


A Right to Bingo, but Not Clean Water, in New York’s Constitution (05/26/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/nyregion/a-right-to-bingo-but-not-clean-water-in-new-yorks-constitution.html?_r=0
‘In late April, in a vote timed to commemorate Earth Day, the State Assembly passed a bill 113 to 26 to add a clean-environment amendment to the Bill of Rights, stating simply, “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.”’

Tell the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos -- before time runs out
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21815&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Scott Pruitt just handed Dow a license to pollute our communities and harm our children.
The EPA is asking for public input on Dow's chlorpyrifos -- the deadline is a week away. We need you to speak up NOW!”

Don’t Let Politicians and Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Public Partnership that Has Been the Hallmark of Organic Rulemaking
http://app.streamsend.com/private/9pOA/GCz/XFtoyAf/browse/29015461
“The USDA is requesting your input at this critical juncture to determine whether the organic livestock rule should be scrapped or become effective as planned. Help us protect the integrity of the public organic rulemaking process by making these rules effective now.”

Add your name: Stop Trump from Re-opening America’s Coasts to Oil and Gas Drilling
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/add-your-name-stop-trump-from-re-opening-americas-coasts-to-oil-and-gas-drilling?detail=emailaction&link_id=1&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-stop-trump-from-oil-and-gas-drilling-firstname-default-friend-2-2-2-2&email_referrer=stop-trump-from-oil-and-gas-drilling-firstname-default-friend-2-2-2-2&email_subject=trump-drilling
“President Trump just set the Arctic and Atlantic coasts on the path to catastrophe. His latest executive order attempts to reverse existing policy that permanently protects these vital waters from dangerous oil and gas drilling. This would leave our oceans and coasts vulnerable to devastating oil spills while driving climate-wrecking carbon pollution and threatening our clean energy future.”

Where Nestle Guzzles Water, Michigan Neighbors Take Exemption (05/24/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/business/nestle-michigan-water.html?_r=0
“Opposition is strong, though. In April, the zoning board in Osceola Township, the unincorporated area outside Evart where the White Pines well sits, voted 5 to 0 to reject Nestlé’s application to build a $500,000 facility that would increase its current ability to pump if the state allows it.”

Tell Congress: Reject Any Budget That Attacks the EPA
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/forms/tell-congress-reject-any-budget-that-attacks-the-epa?detail=emailaction&link_id=2&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-sign-if-you-agree-cuts-to-the-epa-budget-puts-our-health-and-safety-at-risk&email_referrer=sign-if-you-agree-cuts-to-the-epa-budget-puts-our-health-and-safety-at-risk___217852&email_subject=sign-the-petition-tell-congress-to-reject-any-budget-that-attacks-the-epa
“President Trump's proposed budget demands the EPA's funds be drastically cut. But the EPA's budget is already about as low as it can get—it accounts for just 0.22% of the federal budget. The proposed cuts are so outrageous that members of the President's own party are speaking out.”

REJECT Trump's budget!
https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app363a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=3005&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=8411E8C72050E1E60C7F9654281B9676
“Trump wants to cut a whopping $54 billion from critical programs — starving communities of resources needed to thrive and slashing critical environmental protections — all in order to spend even more taxpayer dollars on defense contractors and military buildup abroad.”

New ‘Blue Card’ Proposal Would Protect Farmworkers from Deportation (05/22/2017)
Trump’s immigration policies are crippling farms’ ability to hire workers. Can this proposed legislation counter that and gain support?
http://civileats.com/2017/05/22/new-blue-card-proposal-would-protect-farmworkers-from-deportation/?mc_cid=9feabbbef1&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“Undocumented farmworkers are the backbone of the United States’ agriculture industry, a situation that has long posed numerous challenges for these workers, their families, and employers. But the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies and aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action—which has detained farm workers in New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere—has created a climate of fear among workers. And that’s already resulting in labor shortages that are prompting some growers to curtail harvest plans.”

Tell your Senators: Help save the EPA from Trump and his Big Oil cronies
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21786
“Donald Trump is about to propose more massive cuts to the EPA. The cuts would gut water protections, support for state environmental programs, and the Superfund clean up program.
Congress still has to sign off on these cuts -- so we need your help to stop them!”

Chicken Farmer to President Trump: It’s Time to Drain the Big Meat Swamp (05/17/2017)
In an open letter to the president, a ninth-generation North Carolina chicken farmer urges the administration to implement the Farmer Fair Practices Rules to protect family farms.
http://civileats.com/2017/05/17/chicken-farmer-to-president-trump-its-time-to-drain-the-big-meat-swamp/?mc_cid=b85349afd0&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“I am a ninth-generation family farmer in Snow Hill, North Carolina. For 18 years, my family and I worked under a contract to raise chickens on land that has been in my family for nearly three centuries. In 2003, Perdue Farms cancelled our contract and the contracts of many other farmers in the region, moving to another area to cut costs on slaughterhouse operations. In doing so, they inflicted huge financial losses and buried us in debt. I’ve managed to barely hang on to the family farm for now, but many others have not been so lucky.
Mr. President, poultry farmers desperately need your help.”

There’s Funding to Support Organic Farmers, but Many Don’t Know It Exists (05/16/2017)
An internal USDA memo shows a glut of funds remains available to reimburse farmers for organic certification.
http://civileats.com/2017/05/16/theres-funding-to-support-organic-farmers-but-many-dont-know-it-exists/?mc_cid=b85349afd0&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“According to an internal USDA memo obtained by Civil Eats, by the end of fiscal year 2015, $4.6 million of the $11.5 million allocated annually from the Farm Bill for the cost share program and Agricultural Management Assistance program went unspent. “Despite significant outreach, AMS and the states have not attracted enough demand from organic entities to expend the available funds,” the memo reads.”

Tell Perdue: Defend and expand organic agriculture!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21735&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821
“Sonny Perdue is now the Secretary of Agriculture. That means the future of organic farming is in his hands.
He has a long history of working with Big Ag and has deep ties to industry insiders. We need you to make sure he hears from the American people, not just his Big Ag friends. He needs to know his job is to protect and support organic farming.”

Is a More Equitable, Fairer Farm Bill Possible? (05/15/2017)
While Capitol Hill begins another round of Farm Bill negotiations, grassroots leaders gathered to discuss the people, places, and issues that have too often been shut out of funding.
http://civileats.com/2017/05/15/is-a-more-equitable-fair-farm-bill-possible/?mc_cid=101507108f&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“The clock is already ticking on the 2018 Farm Bill. Hearings on crop insurance, farm credit, nutrition programs, dairy policy, and other titles are being regularly held before the House Agriculture Committee. The witnesses in those hearings include members of trade associations, credit agencies, and energy companies—the stakeholders whose priorities are typically most represented in Farm Bill debates and in the final bill itself.
But this spring, across town from Capitol Hill, American University hosted a 2018 Farm Bill summit, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, with a different set of topics on the agenda. Grassroots leaders from across the food system gathered to discuss policy, politics, and potential—and specifically which issues should be included in this next farm bill, with a focus on those that are traditionally left out of the bill.”

Tell JPMorgan Chase: Defund Tar Sands!
https://www.ran.org/jpmc_tar_sands?utm_campaign=jpmc_agm2017_f&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork
“Tell Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, to defund tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL and Trans Mountain!”

TELL THE EPA: PROTECT US FROM TOXIC PESTICIDES!
https://petitions.signforgood.com/toxicpesticides?code=FOE&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.actblue.com%2Fcontribute%2Fpage%2Fe_s17_may_ewgswap_redirect_c3
“The EPA’s so-called “tolerance levels” permit far too many pesticides to remain on the fruits and vegetables we eat. Many levels were set more than 10 years ago and do not account for newer research showing that toxic chemicals can be harmful at very small doses, particularly when people are exposed to combinations of chemicals.”

Trump Executive Order Promises to Slash Farm Regulations (05/08/2017)
Will a new executive order “promoting agriculture and rural prosperity” fulfill its promise? That depends on who you ask.
http://civileats.com/2017/05/08/trump-executive-order-promises-to-slash-farm-regulations/?mc_cid=d2496c2762&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“In the end, those opposed to government regulation may find much to like in the executive order. But for consumers, depending on which regulations are targeted, there may be impacts to food safety and local food accessibility. And the order leaves farm and food processing workers off its agenda entirely.”

Tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/nebraska_keystone_xl?t=1&akid=22927.11266327.6C3SOW
“TransCanada needs a permit to build part of the pipeline through Nebraska, and the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC), which is conducting a multi-month review of the pipeline project, is currently accepting comments from the public. This a crucial opportunity to speak out and pressure the Nebraska PSC to reject TransCanada’s permit and stop Keystone XL once and for all.”

SIGN THE PETITION: TELL THE EPA YOU DEMAND CLEAN WATER!
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=2305&tag=201705EPAWaterFWGmail30&source=ACTION_EPAWater
“The Environmental Protection Agency is currently seeking ideas for easing "burdensome" water regulations – Trump administration doublespeak for gutting rules that protect drinking water from toxic chemicals, animal waste, and other contaminants. If the devastating crisis in Flint, Mich., has taught us anything, it’s that we need to STRENGTHEN, not weaken, water protections in this country.”

America’s Tap Water: Too Much Contamination, Not Enough Reporting, Study Finds (05/04/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/tapwater-drinking-water-study.html?mabReward=CTM&recp=6
“If you live in the United States, there is a nearly one-in-four chance your tap water is either unsafe to drink or has not been properly monitored for contaminants in accordance with federal law, a new study has found.”

Climate of Unintended Consequences (05/04/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/opinion/climate-policy-ethanol.html?_r=1
“The lessons are often legion but, more often than not, unlearned. We need to make policy choices based less on moral self-regard and more on attention to real-world results.”

Want Healthier Soil? Link it to Crop Insurance (05/02/2017)
Scientists now say incentivizing soil health would improve food security and sustainability, especially as the climate changes.
http://civileats.com/2017/05/02/want-healthier-soil-link-it-to-crop-insurance/?mc_cid=d5186c7267&mc_eid=80c701e99f
“The world’s biggest crop insurance program, the U.S. Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) provides coverage to help farmers recover from “severe weather and bad years of production.” But recently, a pair of Cornell University scientists looked at what might happen if crop insurance were also tied to soil quality—that is, if insurance companies began considering soil data when determining rates.”

Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic (05/01/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-your-organic-milk-may-not-be-organic/2017/05/01/708ce5bc-ed76-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?utm_term=.15b2 febe7d3e
“With milk, the critical issue is grazing. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season — that is, the cows are supposed to be grass-fed, not confined to barns and feedlots. This method is considered more natural and alters the constituents of the cows’ milk in ways consumers deem beneficial.
But during visits by The Washington Post to Aurora’s High Plains complex across eight days last year, signs of grazing were sparse, at best. Aurora said its animals were out on pasture day and night, but during most Post visits the number of cows seen on pasture numbered only in the hundreds. At no point was any more than 10 percent of the herd out. A high-resolution satellite photo taken in mid-July by Digital Globe, a space imagery vendor, shows a typical situation — only a few hundred on pasture.”

Tell your Senator: Don't let Trump gut Energy Star!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21689
“Energy Star is one of the EPA’s most well-known programs. It has bipartisan support in Congress. It’s even popular among manufacturers and building owners.”

Tell your Senators: Reject Trump's tax plan
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21668
“Yesterday, Trump released his plan to slash taxes for giant corporations -- a giveaway of trillions of dollars. Meanwhile, he's trying to starve the EPA of the resources it needs to protect our planet.
Trump's plan is just the latest sign that he doesn't care about people like you and me. The best chance of stopping this destructive plan is in the Senate. So we need you to contact your Senators now!”

Tell your Senators: Stop Trump from handing over our national monuments to Big Oil!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21666
“Donald Trump is trying to let the fossil fuel industry destroy places like Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears and others.
This means that soon, visitors to these places and our other natural wonders could see, hear and smell coal mines and oil wells. We need your help to stop this attack!”

Indigenous Communities Lead Massive Peoples Climate March in D.C. (04/29/2017)
Estimated 200,000 converge on nation’s capital to demand climate justice
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/indigenous-communities-lead-massive-peoples-climate-march-dc?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter
“Before upwards of 200,000 singing, chanting people filled the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest the Trump administration’s awful record on climate change, the day of action began with a quiet ceremony.”
Signs from the Peoples Climate March: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/voices-peoples-climate-march?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter
Scenes from the Peoples Climate March: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/scenes-peoples-climate-march?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Nearly 200 million chickens, turkeys and cows are making a mess of the Shenandoah River (04/26/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/26/nearly-200-million-chickens-turkeys-and-cows-are-making-a-mess-of-the-shenandoah-river/?utm_term=.0cee018d6a89
“Among the report’s recommendations is a suggestion that farmers be required to develop nutrient-management plans so they don’t use too much manure as fertilizer. It’s also recommended that farmers annually sample phosphorous and nitrogen concentrations in their soil. Farmers should have to file yearly reports about how manure is applied, the report also says.”

Call on the FDA to take stronger action, and ban the routine use of antibiotics on livestock and poultry
https://wispirg.webaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21050&utm_source=Salsa&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=USP4-FPUB:ANTIBIO:OVERUSE-0317&utm_content=EM9:01A:0HH-OAPD3&uid=145743
“Urge the FDA to ban the routine use of antibiotics on animals that aren’t sick for the purposes of growth promotion and disease prevention. Current guidelines do not go far enough to prevent the misuse of medically-important drugs during meat production. The FDA should take stronger steps to ensure that we keep antibiotics effective for future generations.”


Global


We, the people of the United States, sign on to the Paris Agreement
https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-the-people-sign-onto?akid=184025.27146141.rlD2om&rd=1&source=mo.fw&t=20
“This petition is an expression to one another and to the world that we, the people of the United States, support the Paris Agreement and remain committed to mitigating climate change.”

Demand Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Keep its Promises to Respect Human Rights
https://www.ran.org/bpp_app_action?utm_campaign=appask_f2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork
“Sign the petition to demand that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) keep its promises to respect human rights by resolving its conflicts with communities and actively supporting the return of community-owned lands.”



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