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
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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
“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.
Dr. Kevin Rodolfo Sand Mining Presentation
Kelvin Rodolfo is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. His graduate training was in marine geology and “sedimentology” – the study of how sedimentary rocks like limestones and sandstones form.
At UIC, Kelvin won 6 UIC awards for excellence in teaching introductory Geology, his specialty subjects, and courses on natural hazards, alternative energy, and climate change. He was involved in plate tectonic theory and deep-sea scientific drilling in the 1970’s, then began studying “lahars” (catastrophic debris flows) on Philippine volcanoes.
His Philippine research now focuses on land subsidence around Manila Bay caused by overuse of groundwater, and the resulting worsened rain floods and tidal incursions. Kelvin was deeply involved in successfully opposing a project to activate a mothballed nuclear power plant built on a dormant volcano in an area riddled with active faults.
In the early 1970s, he and his wife Kathy began spending much time unwinding and gardening on 60 acres in Grant County, and became acquainted with the Driftless area and its karstic geology. In 2007 they purchased a few acres in Viroqua township that they farm using permaculture methods. They built a “green”, solar-heated home that is powered by solar and wind and provides a surplus to the utility grid.
Kelvin has applied his geologic, environmental and karst expertise to oppose Dairyland’s coal-ash dump and CAFOs in Vernon County. He continues to study Driftless karst in a pilot study of Viroqua and surrounding townships. Kelvin lectures on karst in Crawford, Grant and Vernon counties. He is very concerned about potential stream and groundwater pollution by frack-sand mining in the Driftless.