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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“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.

Crawford Stewardship Project News  and Actions

October 16, 2017



The next state power-grab

AB 479 / SB 387 would limit local permitting authority and deny residents a voice!

Let your elected representatives know you stand with local governments!
Let them know we reject further state overreaches into our local control.
Let them know we value the voices of our residents!

Find your representatives here:
Hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Senate Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade
Assembly Committee on Housing and Real Estate

Public comments will be heard for some time after the meeting, but the sooner the better. Details on the hearing and public comment period are, unfortunately and outrageously, not available at the time.

A beautifully written piece from one of our supporters who lives and breathes these issues:

A conditional use permit allows a zoned local government to decide if a use can be allowed when the proposed use meets certain conditions. Towns have flexibility in deciding what the required conditions might be. At this time a town can deny a CUP if it is not in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare or they can allow the CUP with conditions. Currently, the public plays a role in how a CUP is decided. Each time a CUP comes up for rezoning or consideration a public hearing is held to elicit public opinion.

These two bills wish to severely curtail the ability of the public to be considered during the consideration of a conditional use permit. Public opinion will not be able to be used as part of the decision making process. This is a critical loss for citizens when CUPs are sought for sand mining or other industrial development within a zoned town, county, or city. It is a denial of local government power to respond to their citizens.

Conditions such as excessive noise and disruptions would be taken away. Every single condition would have to be listed in the ordinance. Additionally, local governments may well be forced to hire experts to determine if a condition is valid. Since the state has already depleted the ability of local governments to pay for services this avenue is severely limited.

For example, towns with a general ordinance regarding a project not adversely affecting or impacting traffic would find that ordinance useless. At the same time a local government cannot look into the future to determine exactly what specific type of traffic might impact the area so they could write a specific ordinance. The same holds true to provisions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents. It is unrealistic to expect them to be measurable or for local governments to predict the future.

This bill rewrites zoning by eliminating the public input from conditional use permits. Local governments have put huge efforts into developing and implementing the use of conditional use permits to protect themselves and adhere to Comprehensive Plans.

Conditional use permits are only one portion of this bill. This bill also is attempting to codify constitutional law into statutes. This involves a century of law and ends up constraining the courts by limiting their flexibility to bring relief to a property owner or to empower the government to protect the public. There are constitutional issues with this bill regarding relief for property owners when a taking occurs. The bottom line is that these bills are government over-regulation. They stifle the court's ability and the protection of people by local government.

According to the Wisconsin Towns Association this bill also "contradicts the US Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution" in "First English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glendale vs. County of Los Angeles".

These bills contain a conglomeration of clauses. First, they do not all belong in one bill. Second, the attempt to steal local control from citizens is akin to taking away our rights to protect ourselves. Thirdly, the constitutionality of the bill is questionable. Fourthly, there are consequences of this bill that have not been seen or thought through. Therefore, AB 479 and SB 387 are unacceptable and need to be vetoed. This is truly state government overreach.

Glory Adams, citizen member of the Eau Claire County Land Conservation Committee and a citizen member of the Eau Claire County Groundwater Advisory Committee

For the full bill text:


Look for our Fall/Winter 2017 Stewardship Newsletter in your mailboxes next week!


Upcoming Events

- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, October 17th, Viroqua
- Youth in Action: Defending life and land in Guatemala and Wisconsin, October 17th, Viroqua
- Effective Communication and Civic Engagement: Strategies, Techniques & Importance, October 21st, Mondovi, WI (Near Eau Claire)
- WNPJ's Community Energizer, October 21st, Madison
- Viroqua Farmers Market, October 21st
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, October 21st
- Ferryville Farmers Market, October 21st
- Pasture Walk, October 24th, Canton, MN
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, October 24th, Viroqua
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, October 25th
- Clean Sweep, October 27th, Highway Dept near Seneca
- Stump Dodger Trail Work Day, October 28th, Gays Mills
- Viroqua Farmers Market, October 28th
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, October 28th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, October 28th

See details on these and many more inspiring actions and events in our

CSP Community Calendar


In the News

Driftless Bioregion

Vernon County Manure Spill Could Impact Local Trout Fishing (10/10/2017)
DNR Reported More Than 1,100 Fish Were Killed After Manure Spill In Otter Creek

Manure spill kills fish in stream in Vernon County that is tributary of the Kickapoo River (10/06/2017)

Manure spill on farm near La Farge impacting creek (10/05/2017)

City Council Member Says Future Of Project May Be Impacted By Changes At State DNR (09/27/2017)

Consultant: Lead threat minimal in La Crosse River marsh (09/25/2017)

Judge dismisses mining company lawsuit against Trempealeau County (09/22/2017)

Researchers Say SPI Adds To Threats To Amphibians (09/22/2017)

Take Action: support local action to ban bee-killing pesticides

Nitrogen Pollution Fueling Excessive Algae Growth (09/14/2017)

Jackson County landowners appeal dismissal of effort to block frac sand mine (09/14/2017)

Wisconsin budget bill strips local government control of quarries (09/13/2017)

Invisibles: The Plastic Inside Us (09/13/2017)

A Tool For Weathering And Draining Extreme Rainstorms In The Future (09/12/2017)
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Upper Midwest

US agency's bid to allow trumpeter swan hunting draws fire (10/15/2017)

Tribal leaders, Environmental Groups Urge Lawmakers To Drop Mining Bill (10/13/2017)
Sponsor Of Pro-Mining Bill Suggests Previous Lawmakers 'Got It Wrong'

Judge throws out industrial well permits scientists said would harm public waters (10/12/2017)
Please also give the case summary from Midwest Environmental Advocates a read:

Proposed rule to boost coal could upend markets, cost Wisconsin consumers (10/06/2017)

Foxconn's impact on Wisconsin will be closely watched by environmentalists (10/04/2017)

Concerns raised over construction of cattle feedlot and biogas operation (10/03/2017)

Wisconsin Republicans launch new rollback of air, water protections (10/03/2017)
Call your state Senator and Representative and ask them to NOT co-sponsor, or support, LRB-4115/1 & LRB 4410/1. Find your legislatures.

Co-Sponsors Of Bill Say State Regulations Are Burdensome On Businesses (10/02/2017)

Families say fresh farm air fouled by open tanks of industrial wastewater (10/01/2017)

New DNR chief is ex-GOP lawmaker with mixed record on environment (09/26/2017)

UW Study: Up To 23,000 Didn't Vote Because Of Voter ID Law (09/26/2017)
National Voter Registration Day Efforts Come Day After Study Released

Mayors Of Wausau, Stevens Point And Wisconsin Rapids Express Concern For Wisconsin River Watershed (09/25/2017)

USDA Report Shows Other States Catching Up To Wisconsin In The Number Of Organic Farms (09/22/2017)

Gov. Scott Walker vetoes quarry regulation restriction, says policy deserves full debate (09/20/2017)

Concerns Over Sulfide Mining Resurface With Tiffany's Bill To Ease Permitting (09/20/2017)
Legislation Would Repeal 19-Year-Old Sulfide Mining Moratorium Law

Marking First Time Agency Has Considered 'Targeted Standards' (09/15/2017)

Dairy Officials Say More Coordination Is Needed Between Farmers, Processors (09/14/2017)

Contractor Reviewing Enbridge Pipeline Misled Michigan About its Other Work for the Company, Documents Suggest (09/14/2017)

Wisconsin residents push back against mine looming just over state line (09/11/2017)

Game-changing mine bill pits environmental groups, business interests against each other (09/09/2017)

Report Highlights Clean Energy Job Growth In Wisconsin And Midwest (09/08/2017)
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Mining Bill Draws Support, Opposition At Public Hearing (09/07/2017)
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Tell your State AG: Join the investigation of the Bayer-Monsanto merger

Tell your Representative: Don't let Big Oil destroy our public lands

North America/Turtle Island

With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double (10/13/2017)

GOP Lawmakers Make The Case For Industrial Hemp (10/10/2017
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Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague (10/08/2017)

A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife (10/07/2017)

Courts Thwart Administration’s Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Environmental Regulations (10/06/2017)

Help Stop the Pebble Mine

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Want Government To Act On Climate Change, But There’s A Catch (10/04/2017)

Rail Industry Slow on Safety Upgrade for Fleets Carrying Oil and Ethanol (10/01/2017)

Foreign Control of U.S. Farmland has Recently Doubled, And the USDA Doesn’t Know Who Owns What (09/28/2017)

The Agriculture of Hope: Climate Farmers of North America (09/28/2017)

Zinke says a third of Interior’s staff is disloyal to Trump and promises ‘huge’ changes (09/26/2017)


Exxon Aims to Cut Methane Leaks, a Culprit in Global Warming (09/25/2017)

Deaths of farmworkers in cow manure ponds put oversight of dairy farms into question (09/24/2017)

Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers (09/21/2017)

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics (09/19/2017)

Photographers edit photographers: Nina Berman’s ‘frighteningly intelligent’ imagery (09/18/2017)

A 50-year effort to raise endangered whooping cranes comes to an end (09/18/2017)

Here Are the 10 National Monuments the Interior Department Wants to Shrink or Modify (09/18/2017)

We’re Killing the Oldest Fish in the Sea (09/14/2017)
Fishing eliminates most of the older fish, a new study finds, and the ecological implications are disturbing—but marine reserves can help.

The great nutrient collapse (09/13/2017)

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Florida's Farmers Look At Irma's Damage: 'Probably The Worst We've Seen' (09/12/2017)

Tell Congress: No public land giveaways to the fossil fuel industry

Hurricane Harvey: Flooded Fields, Stranded Livestock, Spoiled Food

Tell House Leaders now: Cutting EPA Funding is Dangerous!

Tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

Tell the EPA: Don't repeal the Clean Water Rule

More Than 40 Sites Released Hazardous Pollutants Because of Hurricane Harvey (09/08/2017)

New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly to Fossil Fuel Companies (09/08/2017)

A New Report Chronicles the Hard Work of Making Your Milk (09/07/2017)

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Crawford Stewardship Project Coordinators:

Forest Jahnke, Program Coordinator (608) 632-2183

Meg Wise, Community Outreach Coordinator and Water Quality Program Coordinator (608) 632-9410