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 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.

Forming an Organization to
"Save Copper Creek"

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.

The Save Copper Creek group was formed after an initial meeting of citizens with the Utica Town Board on May 16 and another heavily-attended meeting with a DNR hydrogeologist on May 24. Concerned citizens at both meetings agreed that a formal organization was needed to fight the well on a number of fronts. In addition to a Steering Committee, the group set up committees on legal issues, publicity, science and fundraising.

The Save Copper Creek group is exploring a number of options to contest the well, including legal and zoning challenges and contacting the DNR to either stop its approval or include conditions to tightly restrict the purpose, uses, frequency and amount of water withdrawn. "The water resources of the Copper Creek area belong to all the people of the creek watershed and not to one individual," says Bob Van Hoesen, the administrative coordinator for the group. "We want to protect the groundwater for all property owners as well as preserve the valuable surface waters such as the North Branch of Copper Creek, which is an outstanding natural and recreational resource."

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.