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
~September 11th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Wyalusing State Park (Peterson Shelter).
~September 14th, noon: Riverway Quarter Century Milestone Celebration. A program to recognize the 25-year anniversary of the signing of legislation that created the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway and Riverway Board will be held by the Board at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort near Spring Green (S13220 Shifflet Rd, Spring Green, WI 53588). A social time will begin at noon, the program will begin at 1:00, with cake and refreshments to follow. Featured speakers for the program include former Governor Tommy G. Thompson, who signed the legislation that created the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway and Riverway Board; and, State Senator Dale W. Schultz and former State Representative Spencer Black, who were key figures in crafting the compromise that resulted in enactment of the Riverway law.
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway was created in 1989 to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural character of the lower Wisconsin River valley. The project encompasses nearly 80,000 acres along the final 92 miles of the Wisconsin River. The Riverway begins below the last dam on the river at Prairie du Sac and extends to the confluence with the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien.
For further information, contact Mark Cupp at (608) 739-3188 or 1-800-221-3792.
~September 15th, 5:30-9pm: Paul Cienfuegos Presentation on the Community Rights Movement. Winona, MN. Arrival 5:30 pm -- sign in, enjoy a light meal, and discuss the issues and the movement that will empower us to deal with them. To be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway, Winona, MN 55987.
~September 16th, 1pm: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Don Austin's (608-778-4836) farm 1503 Austin Rd, Platteville, WI. Topics to include discussion in portable windbreak strategies and grazing sudan grass.
~September 20th-21st: We the People Are More Powerful than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule. You are invited and encouraged to to register for Paul Cienfuegos' Community Rights Workshop being offered in the Augusta Community Center, 601 Main St, Augusta, WI. The group will meet at 8:30am for coffee, tea, cocoa and light food, then the workshop will begin at 9am and continue until 6pm on both days.
Paul (paulcienfuegos.com) will guide participants through the history of corporate rule and the utility of Community Rights Ordinances which are about the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local communities. This can apply to land use and property values, water protection, air quality, and any other issue the community decides is critical to its welfare self determination. More than 160 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable ordinances – each of which defines what the community wants, reins in corporate so-called “rights,” and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks.
Prior registration is required. To register:
1.) Contact: 715-533-6275 to indicate registration. Please leave a message with name, phone, & email.
2.) Write Check: payable to Save the Hills Alliance, Inc. You must write “We The People – Augusta” on the check’s memo line. STHA, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation. Donations are tax deductible within limitations allowed by law; please request, if desired. Donation of $50-$150 per person is requested for the weekend workshop. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Larger donations will help to defray costs for those with fewer resources. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
3.) Fill out Registration form. For the registration form, contact Glory Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org
4.) Mail check and registration form to Ken Lestrud, Treasurer, Save the Hills Alliance, N7225 690th St, Menomonie, WI 54751
You will not be registered until your donation check and registration form is received.
Sponsored locally by CES, Citizens for Environmental Stewardship.
~ September 24th, 6-9pm: “Triple Divide”, presented by the film makers themselves: Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, of the Public Herald in Pennsylvania. On their way to the the Western hydro-fracking states, they will be showing their film about frac gas drilling in Pennsylvania as they travel through Wisconsin, the heart of frac sand, in their Tesla electric car. They are scheduled to speak and present Triple Divide at UW-LaCrosse (1725 State Street) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Cartwright Center (student union on State Street), Room 332. Parking is available on State Street and surrounding neighborhoods.
For another chance to see them on September 25, go to Park Hall 307 Polk St., Sauk City, WI 53583. Come at 6:30pm to see the filmmakers' fully electric Tesla car, then see the film at 7:30pm. Facilitated by Reedsburg Area Concerned Citizens and the Freethinkers Park Hall. 608-356-3556.
For carpooling to either of these events from Crawford, Richland, or Vernon County, please contact Forest (email@example.com or 608-632-2183)
~October 7th, 10:30am: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Don Boland's (608-734-3570) farm 18732 Hwy 27, Gays Mills, WI. Topics to include stockpiling and fall paddock management and review of three milkings in a two-day milk harvesting scheme.
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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
Dowload the most recent CSP Newsletter Spring 2014
Crawford Stewardship Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Wisconsin. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Support CSP Send a check to:
Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
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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.
Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
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