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.

Letter to the Editor

Sand Mining Concerns and Public Discussion

May 24, 2012

As Crawford County studies the industrial sand mining situation during their six-month moratorium on all new silica sand mines, there have been breaches in wastewater containment, resulting in sediment-laced runoff finding its way into waterways and even a home. According to Tom Woletz of the WDNR, there have been six breaches in 2011 and 2012 in Wisconsin.

In late April a breach at Burnett County’s Interstate Energy Partners site spilled into wetlands and the St. Croix River, a designated National Wild and Scenic Riverway. In the Town of Preston in Trempealeau County an oversaturated pile of waste sand broke free, poured down a coulee, and flooded a home and settled in a farm field. Mr. Woletz reported that excess sediment can change habitat in rivers and streams and damage aquatic life.

In our own region, the Iowa DNR issued a Notice of Violation to Pattison Sand of Clayton, IA following a November 2011 discovery of a malfunctioning filter causing discharge of sediment into the Mississippi River in the federally designated Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, which caused destruction of native mussels.

Join the conversation on the many issues and local options surrounding industrial sand mining on June 23 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Prairie du Chien City Hall at the Forum on Silica Sand Mining, co-sponsored by Crawford Stewardship Project and the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

For more information, contact Edie Ehlert directly at or 608-734-3223.

Edie Ehlert,
Crawford Stewardship Project Co-coordinator