Letter to the Editor

Dear Folks,

Our home is under yet another major environmental threat! A huge cattle feedlot operation is being enlarged just east of Monona Iowa adjacent to US Highway #18.

This factory farm will be constructed on 48 acres, will house 10,000 head of cattle at one time, 20,000 per year, will house a lagoon of 39 million gallons of manure, will have two 620 foot deep wells pumping 22 million gallons of water out of our precious aquafer, annually.

This massive feedlot will be built in the watershed of our beautiful cold water trout stream of Bloody Run. The air pollution could be unfathomable. From the history of these size manure lagoons, it is not if it will spill, but when it will spill. There are many sinkholes in this watershed, which are direct conduits to our aquafer.

Waltz Energy Limited Liability Company of West Des Moines is a big ag-industry corporate player who has our politicians and government beurocraats in their back pocket.

Iowa is loaded with cheap corn so corporate ag runs this abundant grain thru confined hogs and cattle. Then marketing pink slime to the consumers as food. As Americans’ health declines and morbid obesity rates skyrocket and our water and air in rural America is polluted, we must do two things. One, tell our leaders enough factory farms and secondly change our own diets to a more local organic plant based foods. 

These types of facilities also reflect a national cultural ethos of greed, more more more, faster faster faster & bigger bigger bigger. We must change as a species soon or there will nothing left of our natural world.

The Driftless Area here in NE Iowa, SW Wisconsin,  SE Minnesota and NW  Illinois is a global treasure. Ancient porous karst geology, cold-water streams, beautiful hardwood forests, unique flora and fauna, some found nowhere else.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is conducting a public hearing on the subject of this’s particular factory farm. The hearing will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 29th, in the County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader.

This is not simply an Iowa issue but at the very least a regional one. One would be na´ve to believe that there is not more of these huge feedlots on the horizon.  If you do care, please make plans to attend and also learn where your food comes from.

Thank you,

Timothy Mason
McGregor Iowa  

MWN

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