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Action Alert: Need Letters re Operations & Manure Storage Ordinances and re Kretzschmar Dairy's CAFO!

Farms Not Factories sent out a Newsletter with the following information on Friday January 22, 2016:

Fish Creek & Chequamegon Bay After a Heavy Rainfall

Fish Creek & Chequamegon Bay After a Heavy Rainfall

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

Thank you for all your support over the past year! We’ve come a long way since the County Board meeting on February 18th, 2015 when the Bayfield County Board Supervisors passed a year-long moratorium on siting CAFOs in Bayfield County. The members of the Large Scale Livestock Study Committee (LSLSC) have completed the Herculean task of determining both the risks to public health and safety posed by CAFOs as well as gaps in the current regulations and legislation and have produced a report with recommendations based on clear and convincing scientific data.

I’m writing again to ask you (if you haven’t already)  to contact the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors before January 26th.  It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield county residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO remains a threat to the health and welfare of the area. Existing CAFO regulations do not provide adequate protection and are not well enforced by the DNR.  Further, Bayfield County is required by state law to allow a CAFO applicant to locate (site) within the county, so it is not possible to simply “say no to the CAFO.”  

Therefore, Bayfield County is considering an Operations Ordinance as a means of regulating potential adverse impacts to the community including risks to public health, safety, pollution, and nuisances. They will also be reviewing an Animal Waste Storage and Management Ordinance that will need to be approved by the DNR and is intended to protect South Fish Creek - one of the sources of the city of Ashland's drinking water.  

Please call or write to your Bayfield County Supervisor to express your concerns regarding the CAFO and your support for stringent standards such as those provided by the proposed ordinances. It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield County residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities. 

If you are not a Bayfield County resident, please contact Dennis Pocernich, Bayfield County Supervisor Chairman (addresses provided in 4th link, below).  

Here are some tools to help (click on each to open):

It is very important that the county board feels supported as the operations and manure storage ordinance moves forward.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to write letters as well. 

Please plan on attending the Bayfield County Board Meeting at the County Courthouse in Washburn on January 26th at 6 PM

Thanks for lending your voice to this important issue!
Mary

The Bad River and Lake Superior After a Rainfall

The Bad River and Lake Superior After a Rainfall

Kretzschmar Dairy in Iron County has applied for a CAFO (WPDES) permit from the Wisconsin DNR and the permit is on public notice. Steve Oberle, a member of the Farms Not Factories team, has a Ph.D in Soil Science from UW-Madison, and is a retired County Conservationist and Land Conservation Department Head from Taylor County, WI. He reviewed the Kretzschmar WPDES application and Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) and found a number of issues that require resolution prior to the WPDES permit issuance by the DNR.

Please read Steve's findings HERE and email your concerns to the DNR about the first dairy CAFO in Lake Superior Basin. All public comments are due by January 26th, 2016. 

Per the Kretzschmar WPDES Fact Sheet, "Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, the terms of the nutrient management plan, or the application, or to request a public informational hearing may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the Department’s final decision when the permit is issued. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed permit from anyone, including U.S. EPA, the permit will be issued as proposed." 

Kretzschmar Holsteins Inc is located at 11606 W Barrs Creed Rd, Saxon, WI 54559 and is in the Potato River Watershed of Lake Superior. Per the WPDES Fact Sheet: "with 966 animal units (690 milking and dry cows), it is estimated that approximately 9,427,950 gallons of manure and process wastewater will be produced per year. The permittee owns approximately 541 acres of cropland and rents about 869 acres." The animal units will increase to 1,680 animal units (1,200 milking and dry cows) in 2018 and the manure and process wastewater will increase to 13,632,750 gallons in 2018-2019. 

Documents related to the Kretzschmar Dairy CAFO:
Conditional Nutrient Management Plan Approval
Kretzschmar WPDES Fact Sheet
Kretzschmar WPDES Draft Permit

Please send comments to the permit drafter before January 26th:
Stacy Martin
5301 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 241-7504
Stacy.Martin@wisconsin.gov

To view the Newsletter click here.

ACTION ALERT! Contact the Bayfield County Board Today! 

On January 7th, 2016 Farms Not Factories sent out an Action Alert Newsletter!

It begins as follows:

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

Thank you for signing up for the FNF newsletter.  Your time, support, and actions are critical for efforts to protect Lake Superior and our community and are greatly appreciated.  
We are writing now to urge concerned citizens to contact the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors before January 26th.  It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield county residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO remains a threat to the health and welfare of the area. Existing CAFO regulations do not provide adequate protection and are not well enforced by the DNR.  Further, Bayfield County is required by state law to allow a CAFO applicant to locate (site) within the county, so it is not possible to simply “say no to the CAFO.”  

Therefore, Bayfield County is considering an operations ordinance as a means of regulating potential adverse impacts to the community including risks to public health, safety, pollution, and nuisances (see link to Executive Summary below).  In a nutshell, the purpose of the ordinance is to ensure that the CAFO owner bears all of the operational costs of the facility and does not pass them onto citizens. (Note: the ordinance applies to CAFOs with 1000 or more animal units and will not impact any existing farms in Bayfield County). 
 
Please call or write to your Bayfield County Supervisor to express your concerns regarding the CAFO and your support for stringent standards such as those provided in the operations ordinance.  

If you are not a Bayfield County resident, please contact Dennis Pocernich, Bayfield County Supervisor Chairman (addresses provided in 3rd link, below). 

To read the rest of the Action Alert please click here.

Action Alert! Public Hearing about CAFOs on December 17th

 
 

Farms Not Factories has just sent out an Action Alert Newsletter!

It begins as follows:

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

The Large Scale Livestock Study Committee (LSLSC) issued their report and recommendations to the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors on December 3rd. They are holding a public hearing on December 17th at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center (NGLVC) at 6 PM to listen to citizen's feedback about their report and recommendations. You can also email your feedback through December 27th to cafoinput@bayfieldcounty.org.

If you wish to address the LSLSC at the public hearing, you need to sign up when you arrive at the NGLVC and you'll be given three minutes to speak. Typically, people speak in the order they are listed on the sign-up sheet.


We learned during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping period that the most effective and useful feedback involved specific feedback/suggestions (positive or negative) for the scoping comments and this process, with the LSLSC recommendations, is no different. The LSLSC is looking for specific comments about the Facts, Gaps and Solutions in their report from citizens.

They are hoping to receive feedback from you about:

  • what you support in the recommendations.
  • what you think is missing in the recommendations.
  • what additional pertinent information you'd like to see added to the recommendations. 
  • why you feel more stringent standards are necessary to protect the Chequamegon Bay region from the potential negative impacts caused by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). 

It's extremely important we provide concise, targeted and relevant feedback on the LSLSC recommendations and not just a statement of "I don't support the CAFO". In order for the public hearing to be effective, we must have a good understanding of what's at risk from the CAFO as well as what's being proposed as solutions by the LSLSC.

Please plan on attending and letting the members of the LSLSC know that you appreciate all their work over the past year and what, if anything, you'd like them to add/delete/change in their recommendations to the County Board. 

Please click here to read the rest of the Action Alert

Large-Scale Livestock Study Committee Report and Recommendations

Wondering what the Study Committee was working on for the past 10 months??

It's all right here in this report and it's important we all understand what our options are when it comes to CAFOs in Bayfield County.

The full Operations Ordinance is included in the report.

Click to view: Large-Scale Livestock Study Committee Report and Recommendations to the Bayfield County Board

Written comments about the report and recommendations can be sent to: cafoinput@bayfieldcounty.org

Bayfield Chamber Gives Farms Not Factories a 2015 Good Neighbor Award

 

At their 2015 Annual Meeting, the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce awarded Farms Not Factories a 2015 Good Neighbor Award for our work to keep Lake Superior clean and free from 10 million gallons of Iowan hog manure!

We live in a remarkable place, full of equally remarkable people.

Farms not Factories was also recognized for the work they do to protect Lake Superior. The organization is dedicated to strengthening our rural region by actively engaging with the local and state government, by encouraging the communities and local leaders to balance economic growth with stewardship for natural resources and by supporting local farmers and businesses who are ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible. Farms Not Factories believes that the key to protecting the land, water, air and way of life of northern Wisconsin rests in the hands of the people who call northern Wisconsin home.
— Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau Press Release, 11/13/2015

Stink In On The Capital Steps

We are taking our message to Madison!

Saturday, November 7, 2015
1:00pm–2:30pm

Madison State Capital
2 East Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703

As citizens of Wisconsin, we have a right to clean water, clean air and a high quality of life. That's what made Wisconsin a great state and we want it back. 

CAFOs are running roughshod over communities in Wisconsin and WE THINK IT STINKS! 

Join us in Madison on November 7th and help us RAISE A STINK for clean water, clean air, legislation and regulation that reflects what the CITIZENS of Wisconsin want, not Big Ag. 

Meet us on the State Street Steps at the Capital in Madison at 1 PM. Bring your friends, costumes, signs, and voiceswe ARE a united front against CAFO owners and the legislators who do their bidding. 

Please do not bring any 'real' animal manure. It's the highest form of hypocrisy that manure is classified as a bio-hazard when it's in Madison but 'liquid gold' when it's spread/injected/sprayed in our communities but in the interest of keeping our message loud and clear....let's raise a stink with our voices only!

The Stink-In is sponsored by (and more are signing up each day):

Penokee Hills Education Project
Farms Not Factories
Kewaunee CARES
Green County Defending our Farmland
Family Farm Defenders
Crawford Stewardship
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
Midwest Environmental Advocates
Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network
People Empowered Protect the Land (PEPL) of Rosendale
Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central
Protect Wood County and Its Neighbors
Friends of the Central Sands
Sierra Club- John Muir Chapter
Blue Jean Nation
Wisconsin Environment

Go to our event to add it to your calendar.