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.

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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.
RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110,

“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.


Hearing on SB 632/AB 816

Despite the ridiculously short timeline we were given to understand and prepare ourselves for this newest assault by the State Legislature on local control, Forest Jahnke and Edie Ehlert drove to Madison to testify in front of both the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue and the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining.  No doubt the speed at which this bill is being pushed forward has something to do with how effectively we fended off SB 349, and Senator Tiffany and the industry may have been hoping this time there would be no public to deal with.  However, well over 30 concerned citizens spoke out powerfully in opposition to the bills, once again outnumbering those in favor representing the industry.  Again, all who spoke for the bills had financial ties to the industry, while those who spoke out against came from a place of deep love and concern for the land and their fellow citizens.  We are sorry more of you couldn't make it out this time.  We can only hope our comments will be heeded once again and that our local governments will be allowed to continue protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the communities they represent and are part of.  We have already made great strides with the Towns Association, which was initially neutral on this legislation, has now unanimously voted to switch to opposing the bills!  Thanks to all who contacted their local representatives and thanks to all who came out Monday to speak their truth!

Thanks to Wisconsin Eye, you can access the entire hearing here (those of us who are neither  government officials nor industry representatives are at the tail end of things):
  Let's keep the pressure up! 

Read CSP's comments here -

CSP Receives $4,000 from RESIST

Crawford Stewardship Project would like to thank RESIST for their generous grant of $4,000 to continue our project of empowering local communities for environmental justice. RESIST funds “organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions” and has funded many influential organizations over the years viewed as too far outside the mainstream to qualify for most non-profit funding from the United Farm Workers to the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

RESIST funds 100 organizations across the United States every year. “Most of our grantees reach across issues to connect communities and struggles. Their work spans anti-militarism, prisoners' rights, community organizing, GLBTQ justice, environmental justice, antiracism, disability rights, youth organizing, Native Peoples' rights and more. Since our founding in 1967, RESIST has awarded $5.5 million to nearly 5,200 dedicated progressive groups across the US. We rely 100% on the generosity of private individuals.”

To help this venerable group keep granting to great organizations (like us!) please consider donating:


CSP receives $5000 from Wisonsin Communities Fund

After merging with Forward Community Investments, Wisconsin Communities Fund took a year to restructure, but are now back at doing what they do best: supporting Wisconsin non-profits working for positive social change who are too new, too small, or too controversial for mainstream non-profit funding. Crawford Stewardship Project is once again grateful for the generous financial support of Wisconsin Communities Fund and would like to congratulate our fellow grantees:

Hmong American Friendship Association, Inc. – Hmong Youth Empowerment
Milwaukee Transit Riders Union – Enhancing Outreach: Engaging and Empowering Riders to Drive Home Change for Milwaukee County Transit
Native American Educational Technologies – HELP Protect Our Water Our Life
Reproductive Justice Collective – Integrated Voter Engagement
Sustainable Fox Valley, Inc. – Neighborhood Partners
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health – Ask. Learn. Vote! Campaign
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc. – Race to Equity
Wisconsin Jobs Now – Raise Up Wisconsin Leadership Program
Workers' Rights Center – South Central Wisconsin Wage Theft Mitigation Program

Help grow the pool of funds available for social justice grant-making in Wisconsin by donating to WCF


Crawford County Votes Unanimously in Support of Local Control

We are happy to report that as of December 17th, Crawford County has joined the ranks of counties, townships, and villages who have passed resolutions against Senate Bill 349. The resolution against SB 349 was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors after a presentation by Crawford County Conservationist Dave Troester who had been a part of adapting LaCrosse County's resolution for Crawford County in the Land Conservation Committee. “It would be a shame if all the time and money we spent on creating local ordinances were for naught,” Dave commented, noting that in his experience these were popular ordinances that local municipalities thought were important to protect the health, safety, and economy of their districts.

Crawford Stewardship Project couldn't agree more and we applaud our Crawford County Board of Supervisors for speaking out against the state's attempt to strip away local powers of self determination.

Let's keep this momentum going and keep adding to the resistance to this undemocratic bill before the State Senate takes it up again! Keep up the pressure on your state representatives, county government, and town and village governments to oppose this bill. And don't forget to thank those brave enough to stand up for our rights!


Crawford Stewardship Project Awarded MoveOn Minigrant

Crawford Stewardship Project co-coordinator, Forest Jahnke, has been selected as one of a hundred MoveOn Fracking Fighters in the US, further expanding Crawford Stewardship Project's reach into ever-wider networks of active citizens. Besides a $500 mini-grant, which is always appreciated, we look forward to receiving a number of tools to add to our toolkit as well as some trainings and networking which will allow us to coordinate and collaborate with other groups nationwide. Our struggles are too interconnected for us to work in isolation of each other. We hope to contribute our unique voice to this growing movement for sustainable solutions to our interconnected problems.


For those of you unable to catch Forest Jahnke, Kyle Pattison and others interviewed on Frac Sand mining on Q94 Great Country on November 26, 2013: audio

Crawford Stewardship Project attended the hearing, lobby-day, and rally to do what we could to put a stop to SB 349 which would strip local governments of the ability to regulate mining through anything but zoning.  The hearing went on for nine hours and many important voices never had the chance to speak before they had to leave.  The rally and testimony from those affected by mines in their neighborhoods was as powerful and moving as the rest of the hearing was uninspiring.  The bill appears to have been beaten back until Spring or at least January, but we must remain vigilant and continue pressuring our representatives at all levels, lest it come back slightly tweaked and with more support. 

If you didn't get a chance to tune into the Chris Moore show and hear CSP's Edie Ehlert speak on a panel discussing frac sand mining and fracking, don't worry. Here is the archived link:

We are sorry to report that the Bridgeport Town Board voted 2 to 1 against an administrative hearing for the Plaintiff's who filed a lawsuit against the Town for the decision to give a permit to Pattison Sand with virtually no conditions. News release on the decision follows. 

8/22 LWSRBoard Meeting
The Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board denied the four sand mining permits within the State Riverway in Bridgeport Township (6 against, and 2 for). They voted for the Riverway, the people, and for the intent of the law. We applaud the board members for their courage and thank all those who helped us to overflow the city hall and give a more inspiring vision for our River than the one Kyle Pattison has.

8/21 Lawsuit Filed
On August 21, CSP and Bridgeport Plaintiffs issued a legal challenge of the Bridgeport Town decision. That challenge does not stop the mine from proceeding at this time. The basis of the lawsuit is that the town failed to follow it's zoning, failed to address questions from citizens, failed to put any conditions on the permit, and there are concerns of conflicts of interest with some of those who made the decisions.

April 21, 2013
CSP's Edie Ehlert speak on a panel discussing frac sand mining and fracking.
on the Chris Moore show (Pittsburgh). Here is the archived link:

April 10, 2013
Crawford Stewardship Project was awarded the Citizen-based Monitoring Awardfor group Effort at the Monitoring Conference held this last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Of course, it is only because of the dedication of our water monitors that we are able to do this work. Thanks for all you do! Please see the news release below for more information on the award. If you would like more information on becoming a water monitor please see the article below on training dates.

April 12, 2013
Pattison Sand Frac Sand Mine Permit Passed in Bridgeport Township
Bridgeport Township Planning Commission and Board passed the Pattison Sand frac sand mine in March. Crawford Stewardship Project, Bridgeport Concerned Citizens, and Friends of the Lower Wisconsin are seeking legal review of the permit from attorney Glenn Reynolds of Reynolds & Associates of Madison, WI.

Kewaunee Cares Launches New Billboard Campaign

New Photos available of sand mines in Chippewa County.

May 24th
Crawford Stewardship Project is co-sponsoring a public discussion on silica sand mining with the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library on June 23, 2012. Speakers will present information on the issues that affect citizens including health, safety and quality of life. For information....

April 17, 2012
Crawford County Board Passes 6 Month Moratorium on
Silica Sand Mining. More....

April 6, 2012
Crawford County Copper Creek High Capacity Well Information Update

February 4, 2012
Save Copper Creek
Dr. Long has decided to proceed with the test well near Copper Creek. This Wisconsin State Journal article was printed in the La Crosse Tribune and covers this development:

Attorneys and scientists will be monitoring the test well operation on behalf of our organization. We will keep you informed.

January 2012
Crawford Stewardship Project has been awarded a $3,200 grant by Wisconsin Community Fund to use to work on the sand mining issue and sustainable development in Crawford County,

August 15, 2011
Crawford Stewardship Project has been awarded a $4,000 grant by RESIST, Inc., a national progressive foundation based in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Karst Identification Workshop, 10:00-2:00. Join Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo for this free presentation and discussion of karst geology. Field trip to nearby karst features. Bring your own bag lunch, beverages provided. Co-sponosored by Crawford Stewardship Project, 608-735-4277 and the Soldiers Grove Public Library, 608-624-5815

July 13, 2011
Letter to DNR - Comments on the “Comment Summary and Response Related to a Proposed High Capacity Well Near Mount Sterling, WI

"On behalf of the 900 supporters of Crawford Stewardship Project, I am registering our opposition to granting approval of the high capacity well proposal of Darrell Long in Utica Township. Our opposition is based on the comments made by hydrogeologist Bob Nauta and the lack of study on effects on fish and other habitat of Copper Creek." Read more...

July 13, 2011
Comments to DNR Wasau on the proposed Richfield Dairy CAFO owned by Milkscource

June 24, 2011
Update on High Capacity Well from Save Copper Creek.

June 11, 2011
Karst Workshop with Dr. Kevin Rudolfo - free presentation and discussion of karst geology. Field trip to nearby karst features.
Read report. . .

June 7, 2011
A group of local citizens has formed an organization called "Save Copper Creek" to fight a proposed high-capacity well in the Town of Utica. A resident of Lima, Ohio, Dr. Darrell Long, has asked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to approve the drilling of a well on his property just west of Mt. Sterling and within 500 feet of the North Branch of Copper Creek, a Class I trout stream. The pump would have a pumping capacity of as much as 500,000 gallons per day. Fifty to 100 tanker trucks could be filled daily and the bulk water would be trucked away and sold.

Save Copper Creek will be affiliated with the Gays Mills umbrella organization, Kickapoo Cultural Exchange, which is a 501 (c) 3 organization; thus, donations to Save Copper Creek are tax deductible.

Save Copper Creek welcomes concerned citizens to become involved in the organization. Inquiries can be made to Bob Van Hoesen, 18641 Gays View Road, Gays Mills, WI 54631, or at 735-4117 or Donations can be made out to "Save Copper Creek" and sent to the above address.


May 13, 2011
CSP sent a Letter to the DNR about Proposed High Capacity Well

May 10, 2011
A High Capacity Well is being proposed by Mr. Darrell Long for the North Branch of Copper Creek in Utica Township.

Crawford Stewardship Project representatives and neighbors met by phone with Mr. Lawrence Lynch of the DNR and Mr. Darrell Long, the owner of the proposed high capacity well. This well could take as much as 500,000 gallons of water per day from our local aquifer. Suggested actions:

Read the Environmental Assessment on the DNR website at:

Send Comments to: Lawrence Lynch, Hydrogeologist, 101 S. Webster St., Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, 608-267-7553. Email is preferred. Official comment deadline is May 16, but Mr. Lynch said he will take comments the week of May 16.


March 24, 2011
The Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued their decision in Anderson v DNR today. The Court really got it wrong. They denied the right for citizens to challenge state-issued pollution discharge permits when the terms don’t comply with Clean Water Act requirements. Justice Ziegler may have just as well said let them eat cake when directing citizens to federal courts of appeal as their only venue. The Seventh Circuit court of appeals has clearly said they will not review state-issued permits. The Fort James permit allowed unlimited discharges of mercury, a known neurotoxin, but citizens have been told they have no access to the legal system to challenge the permit for non-compliance with federal standards.

Please stand shoulder to shoulder with us as we fight the war on public health and the environment on multiple fronts. I knew you would want to hear about this alarming development in the fight for public participation and clean water in Wisconsin. It is critical that we stand together at this time and work to restore the people's right to have a say in the health and safety of our environment!
- Kim Wright

March 12, 2011
About 85,000 people flooded the State Captiol March 12 to join the farmers Tractorcade protest led by Wisconsin Farmers Union, Family Farm Defenders, and Land Stewardship Project. Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network along with CSP supporters joined the parade with the now famous “Herd of Cows” with the message of “Solidarity”.
Report and more pictures....

March 9, 2011
Letter to Senator Kohl - About Funding Bill to Threaten Clean Air and Water. It includes measures that would threaten our public health and environments. Under this bill, the Environmental Protection Agency would be barred from taking any action to clean up carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants from coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial pollution

March 3, 2011
CSP joined with over 100 people gathered in Viroqua at a Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network (SRWN)-organized rally unifying a number of groups concerned about the governor’s budget bills and other actions that impact rural Wisconsin. Read the report...

February 24, 2011
Letter to Senator Dan Kapanke Information presented to Senator Kapanke's aide at his Feb 25 listening session in Gays Mills. Since he is now Chair of the Senate Ag Committee, we want to inform him of our concerns in this region of the state.

February 18, 2011
CSP signs on to High Voltage Powerline Letter

February 2011
Rock Prairie Dairy
Letter from CSP to the DNR. This CAFO is going to have the largest manure storage facility in the state. Letter DNR environmental assessment

December 2010
The Food & Climate Connecton
Here's an interesting discussion on global warming and factory farming

September 2010
CSP Newsletter
Downloadable version - PDF

April 6 2010
DNR Public Hearing on General Permit for CAFOs

March 5 2010
WRSN ACTION ALERT - A Public Hearing regarding the DNR's intent to reissue a WPDES permit for Larson Acres near Evansville, Rock County

December 1 2009
Action at the Dairy Business Association Annual Meeting - News Release

November 25 2009
Concerns about Crawford County Operation - CAFO over limit without permit

May 14 2009
State Representatives Address Water Quality and CAFO Issues

September 2008
CSP Newsletter
Download Printable Version (PDF)

May 2008
CSP Newsletter - PDF

May 2008
CSP Update

April 2008
CSP Update

November 2007
CSP Update

November 2007
CSP Newsletter