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.
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P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2009

Concerns about Crawford County Operation over CAFO Limit without Permit

Crawford Stewardship Project (CSP) continues to express concerns about the number of animals at the Roth Feeder Pig Operation near Wauzeka. "According to both Crawford County officials and AV Roth himself, this operation has been over the 1000 animal unit Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) limit without a DNR permit for as much as two years," states Edie Ehlert, CSP Coordinator. "The DNR has sent a warning letter and a notice of noncompliance, but apparently plans no further actions." The DNR legal staff cites "enforcement discretion" as the reason for not pursuing the "over 1000 AU" question asking "What is the environmental harm?"

According to Jennifer Nelson, also of CSP. "In the unregulated situation in which this facility is operating, who knows what harm the environment is suffering?" She continues, "This lack of enforcement of the most basic laws and rules governing clean water in our state threatens public trust in our state agencies."

"The new Wisconsin Livestock Facility Siting Law severely limits local control over CAFO siting. When the state fails to enforce clean water laws, is it any wonder rural citizens are up in arms about the state forcing them to accept factory farms as neighbors?" questions Edie Ehlert, "And we are not alone with these concerns," continues Ms. Ehlert, "The Rosendale Dairy in Fond du Lac County received a DNR permit for their new 4000 dairy cow operation in early 2009 despite serious environmental and health concerns voiced by neighbors. They now have a proposal to expand to 8300 animals while cutting to one third the frequency of environmental monitoring required in the original permit. The DNR is likely to allow them to double their size. Where is the justice in degrading of our natural resources and rural communities for the profit of giant corporations?"

Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit citizens group with a mission to protect the environment of Crawford County from threats such as those posed by CAFOs and to promote sustainable land use, local control of natural resources and environmental justice.

The DNR has stated that the public hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig Operation DNR Clean Water Permit will likely be held early in 2010.

Edie Ehlert

Crawford Stewardship Project Coordinator