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
“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.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin


Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110,

CSP Calendar


~ October 25th, 1-4pm: Save the Hills Alliance Third Annual Meeting. To take place at the Veteran's Center (E4710 Co. Rd. BB, Menomonie, WI - 1 mile No. of I-94 on STH 25), this important gathering will feature keynote speakers: Neil Koch (groundwater), retired hydrologist from the USGS; and Tracy Hames (surface water), Wisconsin Wetlands Association presenting and in Q/A discussion with moderator, Dave Carlson, an outdoors journalist.

~October 26th, 7pm: Mining in Wisconsin: Film screenings and discussion. Showing of “Wisconsin's Mining Standoff”, the 2014 Al Jazeera America documentary on the proposed open-pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin, and “Frac Sand Land” by independent Iowa filmmaker and fractivist Robert Nehman, about Wisconsin's frac sand mining boom. Discussion to follow with the filmmakers and activists from the areas depicted in the films. $10 donation requested; no one will be turned away. Event to be held in the Marquee Theater, UW-Madison Union South.

~October 27th, 5-8pm: PublicLab invites you to DustHack! An event to explore tools used to test for silica dust and ways to use monitoring methods that will reduce cost, and increase people's assess to this important data. Together, we can work to make dust monitoring more accessible! To be held at the Hundredth Monkey Maker Space in Menomonie, WI.
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~October 27th, 6pm: The Real Cost of Fracking authors book signing. Pearl Street Books will host authors, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, a doctor of veterinary medicine and professor of molecular madicine at Cornell University, respectively.
Or if you miss that...

~October 28th, 3-4:30pm: Discussion on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing with Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald to take place at the Howard Town Hall (4052 County Highway N, Colfax, WI 54730)

~October 29th, 12-2pm: "Climate Resilience: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and What you can Learn from Others", a Watershed Academy Webcast. This webcast will share findings from the most recent National Climate Assessment report concerning climate change and water resources.  It will also discuss a new workbook from EPA called Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans, developed to help communities prepare for climate change impacts.  The webcast will highlight how the workbook has been used in a pilot project with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program.  Register for the webcast here

~October 30
th, 7pm: Screening of "The Price of Sand". This is a documentary film about the frac sand boom in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, and will be shown at Sinsinawa Mound. Contact: Sister Joy Peterson at (608) 748-4411, ext. 164, or visit the website at The event is free and open to the public. To view a trailer of the movie, visit

~October 31st, 10am-2pm: Crawford County Clean Sweep at the Seneca Highway Shop (21515 State Highway 27, Seneca, WI 54654). A wonderful public service offered to the county. Get rid of your old appliances and electronics and anything else you can't get rid of anywhere else!
Any Crawford County resident who can provide proof of residency may participate.
Chemicals acceptable under the Clean Sweep
Unused, damaged, cancelled, banned, or otherwise unwanted agricultural chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and wood preservatives
Other agricultural chemicals including veterinary supplies, lead paint, acid washes, wood finishes, solvents and engine cleaners
Household chemicals including paint, stain, used oil, oil filters, and anti-freeze
Household CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes will be accepted (for quantities over 50 bulbs/ tubes, a $.25/bulb charge will apply)
Electronic Recycling
Televisions (All types) Monitors, computers, laptops
Miscellaneous Electronics (printers, scanners, keyboards, etc.)
Prescription Drug Collection is for households only! Unacceptable Items
Explosives, including detonators and blasting caps
Radioactive, including smoke alarms Infectious and biological wastes Propane cylinders
Appliances (microwaves, dehumidifiers, washers, refrigerators, etc.)
Transporting materials to Clean Sweep
DO NOT MIX like or unlike materials. Leave materials in their original container
Leaking containers may be placed, as is, in another container-label outside container
Package products and materials to keep from spilling or breaking
Call the Land Conservation Office for other questions at: 608.326.0270

~November 1, 10am-1:30pm: Ho-chunk Cultural Presentation. Beginning with a presentation sharing the Ho-chunk cultural heritage, then a showing of PBS documentary, Sacajewea (a more accurate portrayal of the brave Native American teen), and ending with a walk of marker trees through Devils Lake State Park. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Bringing a lunch is recommended. The event will begin at the Baraboo Public Library (230 4th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913) before moving on to the walk through the park.

~November 1st and 2nd: SOUL of Wisconsin back-to-back Silent Auction and Dance
The Amish goods auction will take place on November 1st beginning at 1pm. The dance will take place the next day from 2-8pm and will also include a silent auction. Both will be held in the Ontario Community Hall (104 Garden St) and all benefits will go to the Badger Coulee Engineer Defense Fund. This will pay for invaluable expert assistance in challenging the high capacity lines proposed to criss-cross our beautiful state at huge ratepayer expense. They will bring their expertese to bear in proposing that, instead, we consider investing in proven accelerated efficiency programs and localized renewables to power our future.

~November 13th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Avoca Village Hall, Avoca, WI.

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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $4 shipping.

Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Makes a great gift and conversation item.

Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI

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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
The other states are also accessible.

Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
Note that the area marked is just general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3 properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.

Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.


All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.

CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.

Read all about what you can do....

Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List