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.