Action Needed by ALL!
Help our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Request to the DNR
Please join the hundreds of citizens and now 48 Wisconsin organizations expressing support for a request that DNR prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) known as Roth Feeder Pig II in Crawford County.
Now is the time for US ALL to be reaching out to the WI State apparatus in support of our request for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)!
This next week is our last opportunity to pressure the DNR, and we need as many voices as possible in this campaign!
Please share widely within your networks, the more the better!
Please email comments to ALL the following contacts:
- Brian Weigel – DNR Watershed Management Director
- Adam Mednick – DNR WEPA Coordinator
- Chris Clayton – DNR NR Program Manager
- Tyler Dix – DNR CAFO WPDES Permit Coordinator
- Claire O’Connell – DNR Wastewater Specialist
- Mark Cain – DNR Wastewater Engineer
- Eric Struck – DNR Wastewater Specialist
- Andrew Craig – DNR Water Resources Management
- Laura Bub – DNR NR Basin Supervisor
- Governor Tony Evers
- Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
- Also, Wenona Wolf (Deputy Chief of Staff)
Simply copy and paste this list into your email:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone calls directed to:
- Brian Weigel – DNR Watershed Management Director
- work phone: (608)-225-4964
Watch a video with Midwest Environmental Advocates and Crawford Stewardship Project for more information on this process and the CAFO in question, or read more in this recent NPR Article.
Framework for Public comments
- Key Facts
- Roth Feeder Pig II is a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation that is seeking a permit from DNR to operate in Crawford County.
- Roth Feeder Pig II, in combination with the existing Roth Feeder Pig I, a few miles away, would be the largest hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the state of Wisconsin.
- This new facility proposes to spread 9.4 million gallons of liquid manure on just 1,295 acres of land over sensitive karst geology and extreme slopes of driftless southwest Wisconsin.
- Watersheds in this area are already severely impacted by pollution, and local stream monitoring suggests that this may already be worsening.
- The local township and county do not have the resources or will to deal with negative externalities of the proposed operation.
- Key Messages
- The residents of Crawford County repeatedly emphasize the value, including aesthetic, economic, and recreational value, of clean water in their community.
- A new, large CAFO in a region with known sensitivity puts the community at risk.
- DNR has the responsibility to protect environmental resources and public health.
- DNR, the Evers Administration, and both parties in the legislature have championed the value and need for clean water in Wisconsin.
- DNR has the authority create an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which would better analyze and document the potential environmental effects of the proposed CAFO.
- The petition for an EIS was filed on behalf of over 200 Crawford County Residents who want to make sure that any proposed projects will not deteriorate the surface water, groundwater, or health of the community.
Our goal is to ensure that the topic of the EIS request is regularly discussed by all of the decision-makers!
All letters, phone calls, and e-mails raising concerns and urging DNR to approve the request will greatly assist the effort.
Here are a few specific asks that people could make:
- Publicly support EIS request
- Meeting with County residents to discuss concerns
- Ask DNR to acknowledge and respond to request
- Ask DNR to approve request
- Ask DNR to explain its decision-making process
If the DNR response to your contact mentions that the application has been approved, this only means that the application materials have been accepted. This proposal is still being reviewed.
Contact for more information, questions, or guidance:
Forest Jahnke, Program Coordinator
email@example.com (608) 632-2183
Eli Mandel, Community Engagement Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 632-4213
Crawford County CAFO Moratorium:
Last Change for an Extension
Meeting to be held over Zoom after all, thanks to broad push-back to the County Board’s plan to have no option to attend besides in-person during a pandemic!
County Board Agenda
At their December Meeting agenda, The Crawford County Board of Supervisors, will hear a:
“Report from Land Conservation Committee/action on extending CAFO moratorium.”
There has been broad consensus among the public input, regional organizations, and even county staff that an extension is the responsible route forward for the county
We need your help to ensure that Crawford County takes action to protect health, safety, and welfare for all!
How we can all make an impact:
- Call your county board supervisor before this meeting, thank them for their ongoing work, and ask that they support the County extending the CAFO moratorium for 1 year, and take action based on the recommendations of the CAFO Study Committee.
- Encourage others to contact their supervisors
- Attend the December 15, Board of Supervisors Meeting held virtually on Zoom.
Zoom Link for Tuesday, December 15th, 10am, 2020
Crawford County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting on Computer / Smartphone / Tablet:
Meeting ID: 957 0295 5142
Dial Zoom on telephone (landline or cell phone):+1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 957-0295-5142
Hearing directly from constituents is the most effective way to inform and ask for the support of our representatives.
Click Here for a list of County Board Supervisors and Here for information to support your call or letter!