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
“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.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin

Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110,

CSP Calendar

~December 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th:  3pm: Public Comment sought for Badger-Coulee Public Hearing. 
A person may submit this testimony in only one of the following ways:
• Web Comment. Go to the Commission’s web site at, click on the 
“Public Comments” button on the side menu bar. On the next page select the “File a 
comment” link that appears for docket number 5-CE-142. Web comments shall be 
received no later than Monday, January 5, 2015.
• Oral Comment.  The hearings will be held:
Monday, Dec. 8,   Waunakee Village Community Center
333 S. Madison St., Waunakee
Tuesday, Dec. 9, Town of Holland Town Hall
W7937 County Road MH, Holmen
Wednesday, Dec.10, Cashton Community Hall
811 Main Street, Cashton
Thursday, Dec. 11, Three Bears Lodge
701 Yogi Circle, Warrens
Monday, Dec. 15, Kalahari Resorts, Suite A
1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells
• Written Comment. Instead of speaking at the hearing, write out a comment and 
submit it at the public session.
• Mail Comment. All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later 
than Monday, January 5, 2015. A mail comment shall include the phrase “Docket 
5-CE-142 Comments” in the heading, and shall be addressed to:
Docket 5-CE-142 Comments
Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854
All public hearings begin at 3 p.m. and continue until public commenting is complete.  For further information, see . For ride-share information, contact (608) 625-2339.

~Join us for #FoodTradeFail!

3:00–4:30 p.m. EST / 2:00–3:30 p.m. CST
Wednesday, December 10

Two trade agreements are set to threaten years of work supporting family farmers, good food and building a more just food system in favor of corporate profits. As negotiations continue in secret and the President seeks to secure Fast Track authority to avoid working with Congress, it is essential that those who care about our food system weigh in. What do those interested in fighting for a better food and farm system need to know to influence the debate?

Join us on Twitter for #FoodTradeFail, a discussion with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and a host of other experts and organizations to get your questions answered.
  • What are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
  • What is Fast Track?
  • Why are these trade agreements a threat to local food, food safety and our democracy?
  • How can you get involved?
Trade should serve people, not corporations. Join us to learn more, get involved and help prevent the #FoodTradeFail.
Wednesday, December 10
3:00–4:30 p.m. EST / 2:00–3:30 p.m. CST

~December 11th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Muscoda Kratochwill Building, 206 N. Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda, Wi.

~January 8th, 12-1pm: Meat Matters Webinar: Cultivating Health. 
Our gut bacteria shape our health. Dr. Martin Blaser, past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), explains the connection highlighted in his recent book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. Dr. Lance Price, public health professor at George Washington University, explores the contribution of industrial meat production, including its reliance on antibiotics. IDSA cosponsors. 
Click to Register!

~January 23-25th: The 84th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention
This year's sessions will take place in The Plaza in Eau Claire and will build upon the WFU motto of being "United to Grow Family Agriculture."
On Saturday, our keynote speakers will be National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and Francis Thicke, well-known "agtivist," author and Iowa dairy farmer.
Sessions are being planned on a wide range of topics, including broadband access, rural schools, cover crops, high capacity wells, emerging ag technologies, agritourism, farm bill programs, hedging and renewable energy. Attendees also play an important role in shaping WFU policy as the organization sets its resolutions and policy priorities for the coming year. 
A youth program and child care are available throughout the weekend. Join us for a weekend full of great speakers, entertainment, local food and fellowship!
Watch for more details soon at

~February 7th, 7-11:30pm:  Crawford Stewardship Project's Third Annual Benefit: Love the Land! 
Music and Dance Celebration of our our Driftless Region and efforts to Protect it.  Joining us again as our main act will be the Bad Ax Blues Band to keep your feet moving late into the evening.  We will hold a silent auction of art and a wide range of other local goodies for you to browse while sipping on your artisan Driftless Brewing Company beer or Tea for the People and munching on our assortment of baked goods.
Join us in the Community Room of the Gays Mills Commerce Center (16381 State Highway 131, Gays Mills, WI)
Recommended donation of $10 at the door is as always much appreciated
For more information, contact: Forest Jahnke ( or (608) 632-2183) or visit our website:  

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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $4 shipping.

Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Makes a great gift and conversation item.

Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI

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Crawford Stewardship Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Wisconsin. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
The other states are also accessible.

Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
Note that the area marked is just general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3 properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.

Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.


All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.

CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.

Read all about what you can do....

Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List