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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Crawford Stewardship Project
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.

March 9 , 2011
Letter to Senator Kohl

March 9, 2011

Re: Funding Bill to Threaten Clean Air and Water

Dear Senator Kohl,

On behalf of Crawford Stewardship Project, I want to thank you once again for initiating the work on bringing forward issues around anti-trust concerns in the agricultural sector last year. What are the follow-up policies and legislation that has resulted from those hearings and investigations?

And today, I am writing specifically with concerns about a funding bill being pushed in Congress that 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.

Our group is particularly concerned about weakening of the Clean Water Act, which is vital to retaining agricultural standards in Wisconsin that address concerns of surface and well water pollution. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have been shown to cause pollution on a massive scale across the country. Without the Federal Clean Water Act protections, we fear that our state will allow further erosion of our water quality from industrial agriculture development at the expense of a strong family farm based rural economy.

We have a right to clean air and water, “but this funding bill is the biggest assault on both in recent history,” according to Anna Aurillo, Director of the Washington, D.C. office for Environment America.

Please work to defeat this dangerous proposal and this direction by our government to turn over our water and air to huge corporate agricultural interests here in Wisconsin.

Thank you for considering my comments for the supporters of Crawford Stewardship Project.

Edie Ehlert
Crawford Stewardship Project