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

September 25, 2017

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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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Upcoming Events

- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, September 26th, Viroqua
- Hogback Prairie Workday, September 27th
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, September 27th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 27th
- Stump Dodger Trail Workday, September 30th, Gays Mills
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, September 30th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, September 30th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, September 30th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, September 30th
- Driftless Reader Tour, September 30th, La Farge
- National Public Lands Day, September 30th
- Kickapoo River Wildlife Area: A Changing Landscape, September 30th, La Farge
- Fix It: Join the movement to provide medicare for all, September 30th, Viroqua
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, October 3rd, Viroqua
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, October 4th
- Green Fire Farm Silvopasture Establishment with pastured pigs, adaptive grazing, October 4th, Monitcello
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, October 7th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, October 7th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, October 7th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, October 7th
- A Hike Through Time: Wayalusing State Park, October 7th, Bagley

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

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In the News

Driftless Bioregion

Researchers Say SPI Adds To Threats To Amphibians (09/22/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-scientists-help-discover-another-deadly-frog-disease

Take Action: support local action to ban bee-killing pesticides
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-the-bees-4

Nitrogen Pollution Fueling Excessive Algae Growth (09/14/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/lower-wisconsin-river-sloughs-concern-scientists

Jackson County landowners appeal dismissal of effort to block frac sand mine (09/14/2017)
http://host.madison.com/news/local/courts/jackson-county-landowners-appeal-dismissal-of-effort-to-block-frac/article_11b5ee8b-0d90-5ed1-ba3e-810a1d9698ad.html

Wisconsin budget bill strips local government control of quarries (09/13/2017)
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/wisconsin-budget-bill-strips-local-government-control-of-quarries/article_b69bedfe-95e3-5d62-a184-5d506d14d522.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Invisibles: The Plastic Inside Us (09/13/2017)
https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/invisibles-plastic-inside-us

A Tool For Weathering And Draining Extreme Rainstorms In The Future (09/12/2017)
Computer Modeling Reveals Potential And Limits Of Flood Preparation For Communities
https://www.wiscontext.org/tool-weathering-and-draining-extreme-rainstorms-future

New urgency for hunters to test deer for CWD, lab says (09/12/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/new-urgency-for-hunters-to-test-deer-for-cwd-lab/article_9109b02a-694d-58d1-8d36-da9e61579305.html

Urge the DNR to support strong manure pollution rules to protect Wisconsin’s public health and keep its drinking water safe.
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?utm_source=Ryan09062017&utm_medium=powermail&utm_campaign=Act1#/44

Local Government Advocate Calls It A Compromise, Business Lobby Wants Restrictions Expanded (09/06/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/transportation-budget-blocks-some-local-regulations-sand-mines-quarries

Edie Ehlert: Bill would limit local control (08/27/2017)
http://lacrossetribune.com/opinion/letters/edie-ehlert-bill-would-limit-local-control/article_e5b09005-539d-55ee-b029-b04b899f3c86.html

The Model Lake (08/24/2017)
One of the world’s most respected ecological thinkers sounds a warning for Lake Mendota
http://isthmus.com/news/cover-story/steve-carpenter-sounds-a-warning-for-lake-mendota/

Local Governments Could Have Less Discretion When Issuing Some Permits (08/17/2017)
http://www.wpr.org/local-governments-could-have-less-discretion-when-issuing-some-permits

 

Upper Midwest

USDA Report Shows Other States Catching Up To Wisconsin In The Number Of Organic Farms (09/22/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-continues-be-leader-organic-farming-despite-growing-competition

Concerns Over Sulfide Mining Resurface With Tiffany's Bill To Ease Permitting (09/20/2017)
Legislation Would Repeal 19-Year-Old Sulfide Mining Moratorium Law
https://www.wpr.org/concerns-over-sulfide-mining-resurface-tiffanys-bill-ease-permitting

Marking First Time Agency Has Considered 'Targeted Standards' (09/15/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-dnr-considers-regional-restrictions-manure-spreading

Dairy Officials Say More Coordination Is Needed Between Farmers, Processors (09/14/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/if-milk-production-continues-rise-processing-capacity-needs-drastically-increase

Contractor Reviewing Enbridge Pipeline Misled Michigan About its Other Work for the Company, Documents Suggest (09/14/2017)
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/09/14/while-reviewing-enbridge-pipeline-state-michigan-contractor-was-enbridge-payroll?utm_source=dsb+newsletter

Wisconsin residents push back against mine looming just over state line (09/11/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/wisconsin-residents-push-back-against-mine-looming-just-over-state/article_746063b1-5141-5a31-aac2-59cafadabb2c.html

Game-changing mine bill pits environmental groups, business interests against each other (09/09/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/09/09/mining-bill-digs-up-longstanding-ladysmith-mine-now-closed-lies-center-debate-over-mining-legislatio/633501001/

Report Highlights Clean Energy Job Growth In Wisconsin And Midwest (09/08/2017)
Wisconsin Numbers Now Top 26,000
https://www.wpr.org/report-highlights-clean-energy-job-growth-wisconsin-and-midwest

Consumer Group Raises Concerns, Calls For Reduced Rates (09/08/2017)
https://www.wpr.org/psc-finalizes-utility-rate-freeze-and-discounts-big-firms

Mining Bill Draws Support, Opposition At Public Hearing (09/07/2017)
Bill Would Repeal Wisconsin's Mining Moratorium Law
https://www.wpr.org/mining-bill-draws-support-opposition-public-hearing

Irma and Harvey should kill any doubt that climate change is real (09/07/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/07/irma-and-harvey-should-kill-any-doubt-that-climate-change-is-real/?utm_term=.f8aa964d08bb

Tell your State AG: Join the investigation of the Bayer-Monsanto merger
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22324&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821

Tell your Representative: Don't let Big Oil destroy our public lands
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22323

Environmental Advocate Concerned Over Proposed Electric, Hybrid Vehicle Fee (08/31/2017)
JFC Considering Up To $100 Fee On Alternative-Fueled Vehicles
https://www.wpr.org/environmental-advocate-concerned-over-proposed-electric-hybrid-vehicle-fee

Smith: Outgoing DNR chief Cathy Stepp leaves a weakened reputation for protecting Wisconsin's natural resources (08/30/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2017/08/30/smith-outgoing-dnr-chief-cathy-stepp-leaves-weakened-reputation-protecting-wisconsins-natural-resour/614129001/

Secretary Cathy Stepp leaving DNR to join Donald Trump's EPA (08/29/2017)
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/secretary-cathy-stepp-leaving-dnr-to-join-donald-trump-s/article_c7c96c9f-f6cd-594e-a57d-6c424882df5a.html

Stop Toxic Tom's Industrial Acid Mining Bill
http://conservationvoters.org/act-now/?tdburl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Econgressweb%2Ecom%2FWLCV%2F40#/40/

DNR Waiting On Report To Determine Severity Of Northeastern Manure Spill (08/25/2017)
August 7 Spill Killed Fish In Pine Creek Near Manitowoc
http://www.wpr.org/dnr-waiting-report-determine-severity-northeastern-manure-spill

Smith: Hunters and severe winters — not wolves — key to Wisconsin's deer numbers (08/23/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2017/08/23/smith-hunters-and-severe-winters-not-wolves-key-wisconsins-deer-numbers/591607001/

Laura Gauger: In response: Flambeau Mine proves need to preserve Wisconsin’s mining moratorium law (08/21/2017)
https://www.wispolitics.com/2017/laura-gauger-in-response-flambeau-mine-proves-need-to-preserve-wisconsins-mining-moratorium-law/

Opponents Say Acid Mine Drainage Could Pollute State Waterways (08/18/2017)
http://www.wpr.org/effort-underway-repeal-20-year-old-sulfide-mining-moratorium

Green Fire group to fill DNR voids (08/17/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/outdoors/2017/08/17/green-fire-group-fill-dnr-voids/576382001/

Nonbinding Measure Asks For New State Law On Eminent Domain (08/15/2017)
http://www.wpr.org/wood-county-passes-resolution-keep-oil-company-seizing-land

 

North America/Turtle Island


Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers (09/21/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/business/monsanto-dicamba-weed-killer.html

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics (09/19/2017)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/19/551261222/guess-whats-showing-up-in-our-shellfish-one-word-plastics?mc_cid=f107bc5804&mc_eid=80c701e99f

Photographers edit photographers: Nina Berman’s ‘frighteningly intelligent’ imagery (09/18/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/09/18/photographers-edit-photographers-nina-bermans-frighteningly-intelligent-imagery/?utm_term=.2b6e0de151b0

A 50-year effort to raise endangered whooping cranes comes to an end (09/18/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/09/18/a-50-year-effort-to-raise-endangered-whooping-cranes-comes-to-an-end/?utm_term=.b51978bf893c

Here Are the 10 National Monuments the Interior Department Wants to Shrink or Modify (09/18/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/18/climate/bears-ears-changes-monuments.html

Tell the Senate: Reject Trump’s anti-science pick to head NASA (09/16/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/protect-nasa?t=2&akid=24993%2E11266327%2Epq1IhT

We’re Killing the Oldest Fish in the Sea (09/14/2017)
Fishing eliminates most of the older fish, a new study finds, and the ecological implications are disturbing—but marine reserves can help.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/killing-oldest-fish-marine-reserve/?mc_cid=e70041ac8f&mc_eid=80c701e99f

The great nutrient collapse (09/13/2017)
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.
http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511

Florida's Farmers Look At Irma's Damage: 'Probably The Worst We've Seen' (09/12/2017)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/12/550404709/floridas-veggie-farmers-look-at-irmas-damage-probably-the-worst-weve-seen?mc_cid=fe85525a89&mc_eid=80c701e99f

Tell Congress: No public land giveaways to the fossil fuel industry
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/save_red_cliffs?t=2&akid=24951%2E11266327%2EgqWYhV

Hurricane Harvey: Flooded Fields, Stranded Livestock, Spoiled Food
https://foodtank.com/news/2017/09/hurricane-harveys-agricultural-impact/

Tell House Leaders now: Cutting EPA Funding is Dangerous!
http://p2a.co/Zmzopxs?p2asource=c4gaemndep

Tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!
https://petitions.signforgood.com/EndISDS/?code=DK&redirect=https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dkresistance?refcode=20170905swEndISDS&link_id=1&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-sign-the-petition-no-isds-in-nafta-renegotations&email_referrer=email_230434&email_subject=sign-the-petition-no-isds-in-nafta-renegotations

Tell the EPA: Don't repeal the Clean Water Rule
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/cleanwater?t=2&akid=24934%2E11266327%2EkUXoPH

More Than 40 Sites Released Hazardous Pollutants Because of Hurricane Harvey (09/08/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/08/us/houston-hurricane-harvey-harzardous-chemicals.html

New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly to Fossil Fuel Companies (09/08/2017)
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/09/08/union-of-concerned-scientists-study-links-greenhouse-gas-emissions-directly-fossil-fuel-companies?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter

A New Report Chronicles the Hard Work of Making Your Milk (09/07/2017)
Groups in New York State have found that immigrant dairy workers face low wages and grim living conditions, and are organizing to fight for change.
http://civileats.com/2017/09/07/a-new-report-chronicles-the-hard-work-of-making-your-milk/?mc_cid=5efbe5f5e8&mc_eid=80c701e99f

Sign Now: We Need 100% Renewable Energy by 2035!
https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app328a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=3063&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=30D93E874BBB7D9A1700F2393FFD9D8D

Tell Congress: Stand up for Dreamers (09/06/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/trump_daca?t=3&akid=24844%2E11266327%2Emp3D1l

High Levels of Carcinogen Found in Houston Area After Harvey
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/us/harvey-houston-valero-benzene.html

Write to your Congress members: Stop Trump from stealing our public land (09/06/2017)
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/letters/write-to-congress-stop-trump-from-stealing-our-public-land/?link_id=3&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&source=email-bad-news-our-national-monuments-are-under-attack&email_referrer=email_229095&email_subject=bad-news-our-national-monuments-are-under-attack

Tell this corporation: Don’t pollute our fruit! (09/03/2017)
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-these-corporations-stop-growing-crops-with-toxic-oil-waste?source=OilWaste_20170822_DK&link_id=1&can_id=384ba6cd94d5a8921c7f837821740bb5&email_referrer=demand-an-end-to-oil-wastewater-ag-irrigation-2&email_subject=bad-news-crops-irrigated-with-oil-wastewater

Tell the Senate: Ban this extremely toxic brain-harming pesticide (09/03/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/senate_chlorpyrifos?t=2&akid=24757%2E11266327%2EKt7WCH

After Harvey, the Trump administration reconsiders flood rules it just rolled back (09/01/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-harvey-the-trump-administration-reconsiders-flood-rules-it-just-rolled-back/2017/09/01/c3a051ea-8e56-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?utm_term=.9602c0f8b8f9

We already knew how to reduce damage from floods. We just didn’t do it. (09/01/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/we-already-knew-how-to-reduce-damage-from-floods-we-just-didnt-do-it/2017/09/01/cc6c4174-8f2a-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?utm_term=.f7dd4d0afd10

Tell the EPA: Don't repeal the Clean Water Rule (08/31/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/cleanwater?t=3&akid=24744%2E11266327%2EbTRdAd

How Federal Flood Insurance Puts Homes at Risk (08/31/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/opinion/flood-insurance-program-.html

Texas office of Crane Foundation wiped out by Hurricane Harvey (08/30/2017)
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/08/30/texas-office-crane-foundation-wiped-out-hurricane-harvey/613373001/

Tell the Trump regime: Restore flood safety rules (08/30/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/flood-rules?t=5&akid=24733%2E11266327%2Ey6GFAJ

ExxonMobil refineries are damaged in Hurricane Harvey, releasing hazardous pollutants (08/29/2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/29/exxonmobil-refineries-damaged-in-hurricane-harvey-releasing-hazardous-pollutants/?utm_term=.3cc24c878d3c

Harvey’s Toll on Energy Industry Shows a Texas Vulnerability (08/29/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/business/energy-environment/harvey-energy-industry-texas.html?_r=0

Tell the inspector general of the Department of the Interior: Investigate the censoring of government scientists and experts (08/29/2017)
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/investigate_doi?t=3&akid=24720%2E11266327%2E4nJlY9

Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image? (08/22/2017)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/22/545022259/does-sustainability-help-the-environment-or-just-agricultures-public-image?mc_cid=b97a074285&mc_eid=80c701e99f

Farming activity contaminates water despite best practices (08/22/2017)
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2017/08/16/21085/farming-activity-contaminates-water-despite-best-practices?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=watchdog&utm_medium=publici-email&utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=b4186d2031-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-b4186d2031-100315341&mc_cid=b4186d2031&mc_eid=cc17b5e56b

Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For 'Criminal Activity' (08/22/2017)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/22/545310247/dakota-access-pipeline-owner-sues-greenpeace-for-criminal-activity

E.P.A. Promised ‘a New Day’ for the Agriculture Industry, Documents Reveal (08/18/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/us/politics/epa-agriculture-industry.html

Tell your Senators: Ban this toxic pesticide once and for all
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22264

Stop corporate funders of hate groups
https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/stop-corporate-funders-hate-groups/?source=RANswap_081617

Act Now: Stop Trump’s Offshore Drilling Disaster!
http://actions.priceofoil.org/no-more-drilling/?t=5&akid=8061%2E373854%2E7rPLa9

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

 

Global

Syria Holds the Secret to Our Species’ Survival (09/18/2017)
The fertile crescent offers a strategy for adapting to climate change.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/09/syria-holds-the-secret-to-our-species-survival/

Defend the forest defenders!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22364&First_Name=Megan&Last_Name=Wise&Email=mwisecsp@gmail.com&Zip=53821

Meeting Paris Goals Means Dealing with Climate Impacts of Eating Meat (08/31/2017)
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/08/31/meeting-paris-goals-means-dealing-climate-impacts-meat-agriculture?utm_source=dsb%20newsletter

Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds (08/21/2017)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/climate/rain-forest-corridors-species-habitats-extinctions.html

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs (08/14/2017)
http://www.wpr.org/popular-pesticides-keep-bumblebees-laying-eggs

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Thank you for being the informed and active citizens you are. We'll keep you posted!

Crawford Stewardship Project Co-Coordinators:

Program Coordinator, Forest Jahnke:

fjahnke@crawfordstewardship.org (608) 632-2183

Community Outreach Coordinator, Meg Wise:

mwise@crawfordstewardship.org (608) 632-9410