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.

Water Quality Monitoring

CSP Water Monitoring Project

By Kathy Byrne

Nutrient runoff is a major threat to our waters and Crawford Stewardship Project is participating in the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) total phosphorus testing on the streams we monitor. WAV is a statewide program for Wisconsin citizens who want to learn about and improve the quality of Wisconsin’s streams and rivers. The program is coordinated through a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Cooperative Extension.

Volunteers gather information on the health of their local streams from May-October. The local WAV programs are sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network and Crawford Stewardship Project to monitor streams in the Kickapoo and adjacent watersheds. Trainings for this program are offered by Valley Stewardship Network, are free and available to any interested member of the public.

The commitment of a Water Action Volunteer is to take stream data once per month at a designated or chosen site and enter this data into the DNR database. All equipment is provided by the program.

For more information on becoming a water monitor or to register for any of these trainings contact VSN at 608-637-3615 or email

CSP is always looking for volunteer monitors for our special monitoring projects. If you are interested please contact Kathy Byrne at 608-734-3143 or email



Water Quality Monitoring - A Citizen's Approach
by Steve Furay in Common Breath Media 7/14/10

National Drinking Water Database
What's in your water?

more articles at Research and Articles

Kristine Stepenuck (left), Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program Coordinator, UW-Extension and WI Department of Natural Resources presenting award to Kathy Byrne, former Co-Coordinator, now Board member of Crawford Stewardship Project