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

March 26, 2017

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Join us for a Water Rangers training from Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP). SRAP is a national
grassroots organization that educates the public about the devastating effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), while working directly with the communities most heavily impacted by these animal factories.
Scott Dye and Lynn Henning of SRAP will be showing us how to use various tools to monitor water while also teaching us the importance of water monitoring.

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League of Conservation Voters' Conservation Lobby Day

When: March 29th from 10AM - 5PM
Where: Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Dr, Exhibition Hall A, Madison, WI 53703
See Map

For carpooling information, contact Meg Wise, CSP coordinator, by phone at 608-632-9410 or email at mwise@crawfordstewardship.org

Registration Deadline has already passed. To discuss late registration, contact Matt Dannenberg, field director, at matt@conservationvoters.org or 920-285-4997.

This year’s Lobby Day will include speakers, opportunities for education, and time to convene with hundreds of your fellow conservation voters to fight together as well as socialize and network.

At Conservation Lobby Day 2017, you will:
• Get the inside scoop on the top issues facing our drinking water and public lands.

• Participate in a scheduled meeting with your state Senator and Representative’s offices.

• Network, strategize, and make new friends with hundreds of other conservation-minded citizens from across the state.

• Attend trainings presented by professionals.

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Speak out for water protections at the Conservation Congress

When: April 10th from 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: There is one hearing in every county. RSVP here.

This year, there are a number of really important questions on the questionnaire this year including questions about our water policy, the DNR permitting process, state parking funding and more. There are also questions about a moratorium on frac-sand mining permits and repealing the Bad River Destruction Act.

The Sierra Club of Wisconsin is looking for someone who is willing to speak for one or more of the important resolutions in each county. They are also looking for someone in each county to introduce a resolution opposing the repeal of Wisconsin's Mining Moratorium. Click here to RSVP and sign-up to speak.

The results are forwarded to the full Conservation Congress, which votes on its position at the annual conference in May. Those positions are formally forwarded to the Natural Resources Board. This process is an important indicator of public opinion for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the media, and legislators to consider. The hearings are also a great opportunity to educate the audience (many of whom may not know about the impacts of the proposals).

For more information about the process, our questions, and Sierra Club's position, click here.

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CSP Stands with Sacred Stone
by Forest Jahnke, CSP Program Coordinator

Standing Rock

The brave water protectors at Standing Rock have survived the dead of winter and are entering a new phase. As the snow melts, everything must be moved out of the floodplain. Everything. This includes multiple camps with hundreds of tents, tipis, tarps, and all manner of detritus left by the thousands of former occupants at the height of the protests.
Two camps, Sacred Stone and Rosebud, are (mostly) out of the floodplain and do not plan on leaving. Sacred Stone, where our CSP Coordinator Forest stayed for a few days this past weekend, is filing for non-profit status, and shifting into becoming a permanent open prayer-based eco-community. This is a serious and inspirational undertaking, providing a positive example of community, on top of resisting a major fossil fuel infrastructure project.
There is much work to be done and people are encouraged to come and chip in. There is lodging. There is food. There are more clothes donations than there is time to sort through. What is needed now is good people who have basic skills and know how to pitch in in a leaderless/leaderful environment, money, media attention, and all of our prayers.
“M’ni wichoni!” (water of life) echoes through the camp and in our hearts as the world stands in solidarity with the water protectors of Standing Rock.

* For more reliable information, news, actions, and a link to donate visit sacredstonecamp.org
* If you go there do not take Hwy 1806 South from Bismark. It has been closed and police officers are issuing $250 tickets to those who stray onto that path. All other routes to the camp are clear.

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Upcoming Events

- Grazing Cover Crops Field Day, March 28, Albion, IA
- Conservation Lobby Day, March 29, Madison
- Wild & Scenic Film Festival, March 29, Madison
- Grazing Cover Crops Field Day, March 30, Maxwell, IA
- Pasture Pork Production: Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Healthy Communities, April 1, Dodgeville

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

- Demand Safe Drinking Water for ALL!

- More news on CWD in Wisconsin.

- Tell Your Legislators To Protect All Residents Access To Clean, Safe Drinking Water!

- Act now: keep our kids safe from lead poisoning!

Upper Midwest

- Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Keystone XL

- Overview of hearing for SB76/AB105 for high capacity wells in Wisconsin.

- Money paid to legislatures by ag interests that backs SB76/AB105.

- Human and cattle viruses found in the Milwaukee River.

North America/Turtle Island

- Mining operations bankruptcy leaves without cleanup.

- Stop the rubber-stamp for oil & gas pipelines through Virginia's waters

- Tell Virginia’s Senators to call for a new Environmental Impact Statement that takes into account Atlantic Coast’s potential impacts

Global

- Pesticide research shows lack of benefits to farmers.

- Boy’s goal to plant a trillion trees.

- Development in plastic alternative.

 

The Articles:

Driftless Bioregion


Demand Safe Drinking Water for ALL!
https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2938#_ga=1.152071225.1243719311.1485819990

EVERYONE deserves access to safe, affordable drinking water service.
But since the '70s, the federal government has slashed funding for water infrastructure by 82% per capita. Now our aging pipes are putting the health of entire communities in danger.
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) is reintroducing the WATER Act — a bill to upgrade our water and sewer systems and protect our drinking water for generations to come.


More Deer Test Positive In 2016 For Chronic Wasting Disease Than Ever Before (03/21/2017)

24 Percent Of Samples From Iowa County Positive For CWD

http://www.wpr.org/more-deer-test-positive-2016-chronic-wasting-disease-ever

“Test results show that 7 percent of all deer tested in Wisconsin in 2016 were infected with chronic wasting disease. But advocates for more CWD testing say that number doesn't tell the whole story.”


Tell Your Legislators To Protect All Residents Access To Clean, Safe Drinking Water!

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/Wisconsin?actionId=AR0073142&id=70131000001yBImAAM&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67

“The Legislature has resurrected a bad bill that would allow factory farm owners, frac-sand mine owners, and other massive developers to build high-capacity wells with little oversight from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Having access to sufficient quantities of clean water is necessary for Wisconsinites to live and raise their children without fear, and creates the bedrock of our economy. For those who rely on private wells this is also a property value issue; if their wells run dry their property values plummet. This resurrected high-cap well bill, SB 76/AB 105, threatens everyone’s access to water and allows one person’s actions to harm his or her neighbors.”


Act now: keep our kids safe from lead poisoning

http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F29#/29/

“Wisconsinites have a right to safe, lead-free drinking water. We know at least 81 water systems across the state have tested at unsafe levels of lead. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, between 1996 and 2014 more than 200,000 children were diagnosed as being lead-poisoned.”


La Crosse County votes down proposed cell tower (03/17/2017)

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/la-crosse-county-votes-down-proposed-cell-tower/article_6b50a47d-e22f-5a35-82e2-744f289c4530.html

“After a lengthy debate, the board voted 22-5 to reject an application by Bug Tussel Wireless to erect a 200-foot tower at W7520 Old Hwy. NA, west of Hwy. 35 in the town of Holland. Board members Jerome Gundersen, Dan Ferries, Dan Hesse, Dave Holtze and Roger Plesha voted in the minority.”

Tell your legislators to support clean, accessible public transportation, not unnecessary highway expansions.

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/Wisconsin?actionId=AR0074188&id=70131000001yDLHAA2&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67

“This is our chance to show that investing in transit and local roads is good for the environment, good to provide access for everyone, and good for the State’s budget!”


Dane County Looks For New Way To Reduce Nitrogen, Phosphorus Runoff (03/09/2017)

Farmers Could Store Manure In Community Facility Instead Of Spreading When A Risk For Runoff Exists

http://www.wpr.org/dane-county-looks-new-way-reduce-nitrogen-phosphorus-runoff

“Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced his proposal for a community manure storage program earlier this week, saying $1.1 million would be available to build a manure management system for small and medium-sized producers in the county.”


April 29: People's Climate March, RSVP (April 22nd in Madison)

https://sierra.secure.force.com/events/details?formcampaignid=70131000001Dq6DAAS&id=70131000001E0owAAC&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67&utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Here is the link to the march in Madison: https://www.facebook.com/events/156033178229398/

“Donald Trump is taking office as the only climate denying world leader and threatening to throw all that progress away. We’re ready to fight back. That’s why the People’s Climate Movement is seizing the first 100 days of the Trump Administration as our own and putting all of our energy toward stopping Trump's attacks on our climate, our communities, and our jobs and advance our vision of new American economy that protects our planet and people.”


Tell your senators: Don’t give away $800 million to Big Oil

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21244

“This vote is going to be very, very close. The difference between protecting our air and climate -- or letting Big Oil go back to destroying it for free -- is going to come down to one or two Senators.”


Wisconsin’s DNR tentatively OKs sand plant tied to wetlands loss (03/05/2017)

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/05/wisconsins-dnr-tentatively-oks-sand-plant-tied-wetlands-loss/98707028/

“The Department of Natural Resources has given tentative approval to construct an industrial sand plant in western Wisconsin — a project that would cause the biggest loss of wetlands by a single sand development in almost a decade.”

“The project will also require the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jeffrey M. Olson, a section chief for the Corps in northwestern Wisconsin, said the agency was reviewing the plans. "We want to make sure that the least environmentally damaging option is selected," he said.”


Act now: Tell your legislator to lead on lead!

http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F29#/29/

“Wisconsinites have a right to safe, lead-free drinking water. We know at least 81 water systems across the state have tested at unsafe levels of lead. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, between 1996 and 2014 more than 200,000 children were diagnosed as being lead-poisoned. Even tiny amounts of lead in drinking water can wreak havoc on brain development. Increased blood lead levels are directly associated with lower IQ scores. These seemingly small shifts in IQ scores have huge impacts. Currently, water utilities have little flexibility to help homeowners replace lead pipes in their homes and on their property. The threat increases when municipalities replace pipes and homeowners don’t. More lead is released into the drinking water supply when new lead-free pipes are soldered onto older lead pipes. SB 48 would allow local communities to provide greater financial assistance to homeowners replacing lead pipes.”

Timber company sweetens deal for Monroe County frac project (03/01/2017)

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/timber-company-sweetens-deal-for-monroe-county-frac-project/article_0bad53e9-0284-5106-a1d1-9d9f7c181aa5.html

A Georgia timber investment company seeking to build an industrial sand operation in Monroe County announced a proposal Tuesday to put an additional 178 acres into conservation. The frac sand operation would still be at the expense of 6 acres of wetlands, including about 13 acres of “pristine” hardwood swamp, which would be the state’s largest single loss of wetland for a sand project.

Act now: Stop Walker’s political hogwash!

http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F28#/28/

“Manure is inundating Wisconsin’s drinking water. As large factory farms proliferate across the state – and grow ever larger – they create millions of gallons of concentrated liquid manure per day. The dangerous practice of spreading this volatile brew onto fields with little or no oversight is creating a drinking water crisis. Wells and municipal systems alike are testing positive for bacteria, nitrates, and viruses across Wisconsin.”

Smith: Deer, CWD and predator study underway in Southwestern Wisconsin (02/25/2017)

http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2017/02/25/smith-deer-cwd-and-predator-study-underway-southwestern-wisconsin/98179906/

‘The DNR calls the work the "largest and most comprehensive deer research project ever undertaken in Wisconsin." Its goal is to examine factors that could impact deer survival and deer population growth in southern Wisconsin, including chronic wasting disease, predation, habitat suitability and hunter harvest.’

Mississippi Valley Conservancy receives Stry Grant for rare habitat along Kickapoo River (02/23/2017)

http://m.lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/news/local/mississippi-valley-conservancy-receives-stry-grant-for-rare-habitat-along/article_0cbff764-580f-50c5-b4b8-9b8f160eec5b.html

"In addition to the hemlock relict, the property has alder thicket that is considered globally rare and includes a half-mile frontage on both sides of the river. The property is located within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Kickapoo River Conservation Opportunity Area of Continental Ecological Significance and has populations of the declining state threatened wood turtle, cerulean warbler, Acadian flycatcher, and 11 other state-protected rare species."

ACT NOW: Support Renters’ Right to Know About Lead in Their Homes!

http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F27#/27/

“Here in Wisconsin, over 80 water systems contain unsafe levels of lead – from Milwaukee and Wausau to Fond du Lac and Lake Mills. Elevated lead levels – which can accumulate via lead in water and in paint – carry a host of frightening health consequences, and most vulnerable are infants and children. Children with elevated blood lead levels can suffer profound and permanent health problems, including damage to brain development. Renters are especially vulnerable because landlords aren’t required to test or notify prospective occupants about lead in the drinking water. Tell your legislators to support SB 41 co-authored by Sen. LaTonya Johnson and Rep. Chris Taylor. This legislation would require landlords to test water and notify prospective renters of the dangers of lead toxicity if the property’s water contains lead.”

Upper Midwest


Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Keystone XL
https://www.ran.org/defundkxl?utm_campaign=defundkxl5&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork

“The Trump Administration has approved the final federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. But we still have a chance to stop Keystone XL — if we get 21 banks to drop TransCanada, the company behind this disastrous tar sands pipeline.”


DNR monitoring water quality after 100,000-gallon manure spill in Brown County (03/18/2017)

http://www.wbay.com/content/news/DNR-monitoring-water-quality-after-100000-gallon-manure-spill-in-Brown-County-416352773.html?cid=WBAY_TV-2

“The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded to a 100,000-gallon manure spill at the James Kroll Farm on Finger Road in the Town of Humboldt, which is located in southeast Brown County. The DNR says the manure reached School Creek, a tributary of the Kewaunee River.”


Growers face off against conservationists, fishing enthusiasts over effort to deregulate high-capacity wells (03/15/2017)

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/growers-face-off-against-conservationists-fishing-enthusiasts-over-effort-to/article_c811aa05-3d47-59da-93be-cbd42089dd9e.html

There was a great showing of concerned citizens at the hearing for AB76/SB105 yesterday, but since the bills are still in committee there can never be too many! Please contact your legislators and ask that they work closely and seriously with hydrogeologists on water use and management legislation. Our water resources aren’t like property rights – they must be shared and high-capacity well permits must be subject to review or an expiration date.

Committees Handling High-Cap Well Bill Got $220K+ from Ag Interests (03/14/2017)

http://www.wisdc.org/pr031417.php

“Members of two legislative committees scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on proposals to loosen regulations involving controversial high-capacity wells have received about $223,000 in contributions from the agriculture industry, which backs the bills.”

Study finds human, cattle viruses in Milwaukee River (03/09/2017)

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/03/study-finds-human-cattle-viruses-milwaukee-river/98653088/

“But the results also show that cattle in this northeastern county are not the only source of tainted drinking water. Human waste from sanitary systems is also polluting wells.”

Whitewater students oppose oil pipeline proposal (03/04/2017)

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/03/04/whitewater-protesters-oppose-oil-pipeline-proposal/98753288/

“Citing the potential environmental impact of a new oil pipeline that could run through Wisconsin, about 250 college students and activists marched Saturday (¾) in Whitewater to oppose the project.”

To Diversify The Farming Landscape, Diversify Who Works It (03/02/2017)

http://www.wpr.org/diversify-farming-landscape-diversify-who-works-it

“Lamkey's approach is working. Enrollment in agronomy at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006. That fall, there was just one agronomy student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do – that's almost 7 percent of the total undergraduate enrollment in agronomy. And it's not just agronomy. Students who don't come from family farms are enrolling in other agriculture classes, too. Women now make up at least half of the students in several colleges of agriculture in the Midwest.”

Lawmakers mull high-capacity well bill (02/28/2017)

http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/story/news/2017/02/28/lawmakers-mull-high-capacity-well-bill/98494136/

“Several central Wisconsin lawmakers say they aren’t ready yet to support a bill that would ease regulation of high-capacity wells, which research has shown is linked to declining water levels in the region's lakes and streams.”

Iowa lawmakers back limits on livestock lawsuits (02/23/2017)

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/23/iowa-lawmakers-back-limits-livestock-lawsuitssaid/98311592/

"The bill's supporters include the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Property Casualty Insurers Association of American and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Opponents include the Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club and Iowa Association for Justice."

GOP leader’s bill would loosen high-capacity well regulations (02/22/2017)

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/senate-leader-s-bill-would-relax-high-capacity-well-regs/article_e268dd79-c781-54d5-9fd3-8728caa50572.html

“A bill that would make high-capacity well permits permanent- with no additional review by DNR to repair, replace, or transfer a well has been introduced by Senator Fitzgerald. This bill allows the existing problem of disappearing lakes and rivers due to over-pumping of ground water to continue. This is the same bill that didn’t pass last session because the Senate and Assembly approved a slightly different version.” -River Alliance of Wisconsin

World Class Dunes and Great Lakes Barrens at Risk at Ludington (02/20/2017)

https://www.fractracker.org/2017/02/dunes-great-lakes-barrens-at-risk/

“Hamlin Township officials were only partially effective in addressing residential impacts “after hours,” and had no interest in developing reasonable ordinances upon a commercial operation. Although increased noise and truck traffic were a tangible nuisance, only when a renewal of the company’s sand mining permit was announced did it become clear that biological resources within the 372-acre private in-holding were afforded virtually no protection at all. And the more research I did into the regulatory permitting process, the more incredulous the situation appeared.”

More Rain Means More Bacteria And Viruses In Northern Wisconsin’s Drinking Water (02/17/2017)

Climate Change Effects Could Push Pathogens Into Drinking Water Sources

http://www.wiscontext.org/more-rain-means-more-bacteria-and-viruses-northern-wisconsins-groundwater

“In an article published in the January 2017 issue of Hydrogeology Journal, FSU geography professor Christopher Uejio and his collaborators reported how they used computer modeling to project how higher levels of precipitation and non-disinfection of groundwater might affect gastrointestinal illness in children between the years 2046 and 2065 in five communities in Rusk County in northern Wisconsin: Ladysmith, Bruce, Tony, Glen Flora and Hawkins. In the worst case, Uejio found the rate of GI illnesses among children in these areas could grow by a little over four percent — a marginal increase, but an indication that an existing public health problem will persist over the long run where communities don't disinfect their water.”

DNR magazine cut seen as latest climate science scrub (02/13/2017)

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/dnr-magazine-cut-seen-as-latest-climate-science-scrub/article_5b924337-8094-5457-aed7-611b47e8435a.html

“Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to do away with the subscriber-supported Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine fits a pattern that included suppressing articles on climate science and endangered species that started after Republicans took over state government, the magazine’s former editor said Monday.”


North America/Turtle Island


Miner’s Bankruptcy Exit Will Leave a Cleanup Bill (03/22/2017)
Peabody’s settlement over polluted sites comes amid uncertainty for environmental funding

https://www.wsj.com/articles/miners-bankruptcy-exit-will-leave-a-cleanup-bill-1490194844

“A mining company’s debt-cutting plan will leave taxpayers facing a bigger bill for cleaning up nearly two dozen hazardous sites primarily in the central U.S., including a swath of northeast Oklahoma that once produced lead ore for bullets in both World Wars.”


Stop the rubber-stamp for oil & gas pipelines through Virginia's waters

https://boldalliance.webaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=20749

“The Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is aiming to rubber-stamp permit applications for "utlilty" projects like the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines, and eliminate any state-sponsored environmental review of simiar large-scale projects that are abusing eminent domain for private gain, and threatening Virginia's streams and wetlands.”

Tell Virginia’s Senators to call for a new Environmental Impact Statement that takes into account Atlantic Coast’s potential impacts

http://actions.priceofoil.org/tell-virginia-senators-oppose-fracked-gas-pipelines-petition/?link_id=3&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-weve-got-a-chance-to-seriously-delay-this-fracked-gas-pipeline&email_referrer=weve-got-a-chance-to-seriously-delay-this-fracked-gas-pipeline&email_subject=weve-got-a-chance-to-seriously-delay-this-fracked-gas-pipeline

“The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be a disaster for communities and the climate. With a proposed route of 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, it would endanger homes and habitats, violate property rights, and pollute the climate as much as TWENTY coal plants.”


Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents

(03/14/2017)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/business/monsanto-roundup-safety-lawsuit.html?_r=1

“The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a hit on Tuesday when a federal court unsealed documents raising questions about its safety and the research practices of its manufacturer, the chemical giant Monsanto.”

Scientists Link Fracking to Explosion That Severely Injured Texas Family (03/10/2017)

http://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-explosion-texas-2309352363.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=1353773f92-MailChimp+Email+Blast&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-1353773f92-85360653

“Scientists have determined that methane from a fracked well contaminated a Texas family's water supply and triggered an explosion that nearly killed four members of the family.”

Tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: Stop Hilcorp Alaska's gas leak!

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21345&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821

“Right now, a pipeline leak is spilling natural gas into the Cook Inlet, off the southern coast of Alaska. It's putting the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale at risk.

But Hilcorp Alaska -- the company that owns the pipeline -- won't shut down or repair the leak until mid-to-late March. This is unacceptable. We need your help to get the gas leak shut down NOW!”


Take action: Tell the Trump administration we won't stand for more tar sands pipelines

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0070934&id=70131000001E0owAAC&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67&utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

“Enbridge -- the company responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in the U.S. and part owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline -- wants to double the capacity of tar sands coming to the US from Canada on its Alberta Clipper pipeline. The State Department recently said they didn’t think this would harm the environment at all. Simply put, that’s absurd.”

Cheap Resource That Worries Oil Shale Drillers (03/06/2017)

The rising costs of fracking sand shows how drillers of oil and gas are facing rising costs and capacity constraints
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cheap-resource-that-worries-oil-shale-drillers-1488817549

“Used after shale formations have been fracked, sand was a hot commodity during the boom that ended in 2014. Now that activity is again on the upswing, sand producers have rebounded from crisis to expansion mode. Some analysts see demand for sand equaling or exceeding the prior peak even with drilling activity far lower.”

White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs (03/01/2017)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/01/white-house-proposes-cutting-epa-staff-by-one-fifth-eliminating-key-programs/?utm_term=.d1922495c616

“The White House has proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce the agency’s staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a plan reviewed by The Washington Post.”

Take Action: Stop Congress from overturning important climate regulations!

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0067415&id=70131000001Dx8jAAC&data=17b614947373b579becbf58f4f0193b76fecf7f23d50fcac0202c1a644cd7b78a88ae4d4060f5570ec9d813670bd5d67&utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

“This week, Congress is slated to begin votes to overturn important safeguards put in place by the Obama Administration to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently finalized protections that would require companies extracting oil and gas from public lands to reduce their methane emissions.”

Tell Congress – No Drilling in our National Parks!

https://www.addup.org/campaigns/tell-congress-no-drilling-in-our-national-parks/petition/tell-congress-no-drilling-in-our-national-parks?promoid=70131000001Dx8jAAC&utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&&

“A bill has been introduced that would roll back the National Park Service's ability to regulate oil & gas drilling in National Parks. Tell your members of Congress to vote no on H.J. Res. 46!”

Pasturebird Raises Funding to Create Largest Pastured Poultry Farm in US Using Regenerative Techniques (02/23/2017)

https://agfundernews.com/pasturebird-expands-to-create-largest-pastured-poultry-farm-in-us-using-regenerative-techniques.html?mc_cid=2d2e8d2f2e&mc_eid=80c701e99f

“Pasturebird differentiates itself from traditional pastured poultry operations by moving its chicken coops every day of the year. This rotates the chickens onto new pasture each day. This pasture will not be grazed for another 90 days, allowing it to regenerate.”

Show Trump and his oil-loving State Department that the public won’t stand for more tar sands pipelines by submitting a public comment against the Alberta Clipper Pipeline expansion now!

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0071560&id=70131000001DxvvAAC&data=11c52cdade31bff314598f77ea580d96d22eaf7d01e97f4628aa0cd96b5a080a1891dcc98eebe34eae9cb337dd1a7f54&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=beyondoil&utm_content=marchWI

“Enbridge -- the company responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in the U.S. and part owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline -- wants to double the capacity of tar sands coming to the US from Canada on its Alberta Clipper pipeline. The State Department recently said they didn’t think this would harm the environment at all. Simply put, that’s absurd.”

As U.S. shale oil activity surges, sand could be in short supply (02/17/2017)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oil-frac-sand-idUSKBN15W0DT

"Frac sand producers like Fairmount Santrol Holdings and U.S. Silica Holdings are regaining their price leverage and producers are once again looking to lock in long-term supply contracts amid widespread optimism that global oil production cuts will provide stable, higher prices."

Tell your senators: Don’t re-open protected areas of the Arctic for oil and gas drilling!

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21107

“House Republicans want to re-open protected areas of the Arctic for oil and gas drilling. At the same time, they want to gut safety protections. And their plan would endanger marine life like beluga and bowhead whales, walrus, and ice seals.

The Senate can still stop this from happening. But we need you to write your Senator NOW!”

Don’t let Trump force construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline! Tell Citigroup and Wells Fargo to pull their loans for the project.

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21071&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821

“The Army Corps of Engineers is caving to Donald Trump and advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a betrayal of the Water Protectors who stood up for their water and tribal lands.

But you still have a chance to stop this project by cutting off the funding to complete it. We need you to tell Citigroup and Wells Fargo to pull their loans for the pipeline!”

Submit Your Comment: Say NO to the Dakota Access Pipeline

https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app361b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2872&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=F7C1A8112C6DFAD4CB143E3E4FC159DF

“The U.S. Army Corps just announced that it will allow construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue. If completed, this pipeline would threaten indigenous land and drinking water for millions of people, and exacerbate climate change.”

Why Is the Exxon-Funded Heartland Institute Now Calling Oil Trains “Dangerously Flammable”? (02/15/2017)

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/15/exxon-funded-heartland-institute-calls-oil-trains-dangerously-flammable?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter

“As we've already seen, the oil and rail industries will continue to fight new regulations for improving the safety of oil by rail while continuing to use rail to ship oil whenever it works best for business. The main reason oil-by-rail has fallen out of favor for now is that low oil prices, in most cases, make it no longer an economically viable option. It has nothing to do with safety or the environment.

So, in the future, whenever the economic case makes sense for the oil industry, expect more “dangerously flammable” oil trains to take to the rails.”

What Do Louisiana Pipeline Explosion and Dakota Access Pipeline Have in Common? Phillips 66 (02/15/2017)

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/15/dakota-access-phillips-66-louisiana-gas-pipeline-explosion?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter

“Aging pipelines are seen as a major issue that could create catastrophes like those seen in Paradis, where the fire lasted for days until officials finally got it under control. The 2013 ExxonMobil-owned Pegasus Pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, which saw 3,190 barrels (134,000 gallons) spew out of the line, ensued on an aging pipeline constructed between 1947-1948.”

Chemical Plant Boom Spurred by Fracking Will Bring Smog, Plastic Glut, and Risks to Worker’ Health, New Report Warns (02/14/2017)

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/14/chemical-plant-boom-spurred-fracking-smog-plastic-glut-risks-worker-heath-report-warns?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter

“The last thing that Pennsylvanians need is another way for the oil and gas industry to capitalize on shale at the expense of their health and well-being.” - Food and Water Watch

 

Global

Study Finds Pesticides Use Does Not Increase Profits for Farmers (03/10/2017)

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2017/03/study-finds-pesticide-use-not-increase-profits-farmers/

“Support for organic agricultural systems is especially timely, following the release of a report by the United Nations that concluded that industrialized agriculture has not succeeded in eliminating world hunger, and has only hurt human health and the environment in its wake. With a growing understanding about the false promises that chemical-intensive, industrial agricultural systems have provided, policy makers and citizens around the world must push for fair food systems that place biologically regenerative, organic agriculture at the center.”


Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees (03/07/2017)

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/teenager-track-plant-trillion-trees

“Today, Finkbeiner is 19—and Plant-for-the-Planet, the environmental group he founded, together with the UN’s Billion Tree campaign, has planted more than 14 billion trees in more than 130 nations. The group has also pushed the planting goal upward to one trillion trees—150 for every person on the Earth.”


Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic (03/02/2017)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-environment-plastic-idUSKBN169179?mc_cid=4aadceb425&mc_eid=80c701e99f

“Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging.”


Antartica Hit a Record High Temperature (03/01/2017)

https://time.com/4687154/antarctica-temperature-climate-change/

“Antarctica's record high temperature registered at 63.5° F (17.5° C) at the Esperanza research base on the Antarctic Peninsula, according to a data review released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Wednesday.”


Tell BNP Paribas: No Fracked-Gas Projects in the Rio Grande Valley!

http://www.ran.org/BNP?utm_campaign=bnp_report_4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rainforestactionnetwork

“The French bank BNP Paribas is arranging finances for a proposed fracked-gas export terminal that would be built on undeveloped wetlands in the Rio Grande Valley. These fracked-gas export terminals (creating liquefied natural gas, or LNG) would threaten critical habitats of multiple endangered species and hurt the health of nearby communities, which are largely low-income communities of color.”


Frac Sand Market Projected to Expand (02/23/2017)

http://www.rockproducts.com/frac-sand/16220-frac-sand-market-projected-to-expand.html#.WLYhnDvys2x

“Regulatory developments may affect suppliers. Two important regulatory developments are expected to affect silica sand suppliers in the near term. In the United States, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has halved the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica.”


A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans (02/25/2017)

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/02/25/515258818/a-taste-for-pork-helped-a-deadly-virus-jump-to-humans

“When you have thousands and thousands of pigs on one farm, there's a seemingly endless supply of new piglets to infect. The pig factory becomes a virus factory. The virus spreads like wildfire through the whole farm. Hops to another farm. And eventually jumps into farmers.”


A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust (02/13/2017)

The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/science/cambodia-karsts-plants.html?contentCollection=weekendreads&_r=0

“A small group of scientists are now racing to document rare life in these limestone karsts before local companies quarry them to dust and grind them up for production of the cement that is fueling this country’s building boom.”


Anthropocene Math in the Age of Trump: Humans Are Runnig Out of Time to Save the Climate (02/13/2017)

Industrialized societies are changing the climate 170 times faster than natural forces

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/13/anthropocene-math-age-trump-humans-are-running-out-time-save-climate

"While it would seem imprudent to ignore the huge body of evidence pointing to profound risks, it comes at a challenging time geopolitically," Gaffney continued, "when both fact-based world views and even international cooperation are questioned. Nowhere has this been clearer than in the U.S. in recent weeks."


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