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Dear Neighbor:


On a beautiful 1100 foot ridge overlooking the Kickapoo River might be the last place to expect a proposed 10,000 hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO).  The land along Harvest Ln. is very vulnerable Karst geology with sinkholes, a spring, and a cave.  The hog waste will be spread in these porous Karst areas.  A totally inappropriate place to propose a concentrated hog operation.

Here are ways this proposed operation might affect your property values, health, safety and quality of life:
 

1. Water quality –  Liquid hog manure is about 99% water which, if it does not run off directly into area streams, can easily follow the cracks and fissure of the Karst geology to contaminate surrounding wells and water tables.  There are well-documented groundwater pollution studies in areas with similarly sensitive geology (Eastern WI, as well as the SWIGG study in Grant, Lafayette, and Iowa counties).

  
2.
Air quality – The proposed CAFO operation on Harvest Ln. doesn't have nearly enough land to handle waste from 10,000 hogs, so several times a year the manure will need to be trucked and sprayed on various fields throughout Marietta township and surrounding Crawford County areas. The stench in the area will affect the quality of life for neighbors, limiting outdoor activities and potentially aggravating respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies.

 

3. Property values – Other communities in the vicinity of these CAFO operations have successfully petitioned for a reduction in their assessed property values. These reductions have spanned -10 to -27%.  Not only does the landowner suffer a loss in the value of their property, but the loss of taxes for the township and county are significant.  It townships are having a difficult time repairing roads and infrastructure now, the only way to overcome this revenue loss is to raise everyone taxes.

Write your Reps

Send a letter to the Marietta Township Board and the Crawford County at:

A. Marietta Chairman Teddy Beinborn, 28407 Hwy. 61, Boscobel, WI 53805

B. Crawford Co. Land Conservation, 608-326-0272, Dave Troester  dtroester@crawfordcountywi.org
C. WDNR, Tyler Dix (leaving) Tyler.Dix@wisconsin.gov  & Eric Struck, (taking over) eric.struck@wisconsin.gov

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Township grants 1-year moratorium on CAFO

Marietta Township, WI – August 5, 2019 – A gathering of approximate 80 people either stood or sat on wooden benches in the garage bay of the township garage, as the crowd was too large to squeeze into the regular meeting room.  The night was hot and humid with a thunderstorm raging outside.
   Most of the people were residents and landowners who were totally opposed to a 10,000 hog industrial Consolidated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) being installed on a geology sensitive ridge near them.  They spend 2 hours explaining their concerns which included loss of property values, water and air pollution, impact on health, roads, etc.  The group asked the board for a one year moratorium to have time to investigate the full impact of this proposed CAFO.
   The board voted 2 to 1 in favor of the moratorium.  Teddy Beimborn, chairman, and Eric Sime voted in favor, with Reggie Lomas casting the descending vote.  A citizen committee was appointed to research the various concerns and make recommendations back to the board.

10,000 hog Animal Feeding
Operation (CAFO) in the heart of
the Driftless area – Crazy!

Part 1
By Dave Collins
On a beautiful 1100 foot ridge overlooking the Kickapoo River might be the last place to expect a proposed concentrated hog operation.  The land along Harvest Ln. is very vulnerable Karst geology with sinkholes, a spring, and a cave.  The hog  waste will be spread in these porous Karst areas.  A totally inappropriate place to propose a concentrated hog operation. 
   The following was written by Dr. Ann Ralles, Faculty Advisor School of Socio-Economics & Ecology at NewEarth University:
“My home is “The Driftless” area in Southwestern Wisconsin. A one hundred square mile geographic anomaly, this beguiling jewel of hills and coulees, cold water springs and trout-filled streams was untouched by the glaciers of the last ice age. Hence, the lack of glacial drift or simply “The Driftless”.
   Unsuitable for gigantic factory farms that consume much of the paper-flat Midwest, our rolling hills are still dotted with picturesque family farms and organic dairies.
   The Driftless is a Karstic geography characterized by soluble limestone that erodes to form caves, caverns, underground streams and springs that make it hospitable to diverse lifeforms. There seems to be a special, almost magical quality to this land and many claim that they were inexplicably drawn here.”

   On a global scale, we are daily horrified with stories of our environment under siege in so many ways.  We expect someone to make it better, but each day the reports are more dire.  Now, a 10,000 animal unit consolidated hog operation is proposed in our backyard.  This assault on our beautiful Driftless area brings the problem to our homes.  We are the ones who need to stand-up and say 'no' to CAFO's in our geographically sensitive area.

10,000 hog CAFO in the Driftless
will impact far and wide

Manure spread

Part 2 -
By Dave Collins

(In light of full discloser, I live on Harvest Lane, and my family is personally affected by this proposed CAFO).

 

There are so many negative ways that a CAFO operation affects the local environment that it's hard to know where to begin.
   Water quality is near the top of the list.  As mentioned previously manure is about 99% water which will follow the cracks and fissure of the Karst geology to contaminate surrounding wells and water tables.  This happens when the manure lagoons overflow during storms, which happen almost weekly in Iowa, and also when the manure is spread on nearby fields.
   The proposed CAFO operation on Harvest Ln. doesn't have nearly enough land to handle the waste from 10,000 hogs, so several times a year the manure will need to be trucked and sprayed on various fields throughout Marietta township and surrounding Crawford County areas. This not only spreads the stench but bacteria in the air with it's potential human health problems.  This spreading of manure on various fields also spreads the contamination and runoff to wells and rivers in a wide area.

Land values Vs. CAFO operations

Part 3
By Dave Collins -
If a 10,000 hog CAFO operation with it’s negative impact on our water & air quaility are not enough, consider the loss of land values in the surronding area. 
   Other communities in the vicinity of these CAFO operations have successfully petitioned for a reduction in their assessed property values. These reductions have spanned -10 to -27%.  Not only does the landowner suffer a loss in the value of their property, but the loss of taxes for the township and county are significant.  If townships are having a difficult time repairing roads and infrastructure now, the only way to overcome this revenue loss is to raise everyone taxes.

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