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Treating fish farms like factory farms is bad for the health of our water

Jan 22, 2016

MEA board member Dave Clausen explains why a legislative proposal would exempt the aquaculture industry’s requirement to follow laws that protect Wisconsin's water.

Why exempting fish farms from water and wetlands protections gives industry a free pass

Jan 12, 2016

A new legislative proposal's short notice for a hearing kept citizens from participating in the discussion. Fortunately DNR comments made state and federal water law protections clear.

Kewaunee County Petitioners File Appeal of DNR CAFO Decision

Oct 12, 2015

Petitioners are challenging the DNR's decision to permit a CAFO to operate without an animal unit limit or a requirement to monitor groundwater conditions where the company spreads manure offsite.

DNR’s CAFO Pollution Permit Decision Leaves Groundwater at Risk

Sep 14, 2015

Agency refuses to use its authority to require limits on factory farm pollution.

A step toward clean drinking water in Kewaunee County

Aug 24, 2015

Workgroup formation marks progress after citizens petitioned the EPA for action last year.

Meet Anita, one of the residents of Lake Mills, WI working for clean air

Jul 30, 2015

For this rural community, balancing the needs of homeowners, businesses that depend on clean air, and an industrial poultry and manure processing facility is a work in progress.

Kinnard Farms, Inc. Appeal Dismissed

Jun 18, 2015

CAFO must comply with prior court order and work with the DNR to conduct groundwater monitoring and limit animals on site.

New Report on Kewaunee County’s Water Crisis

Jun 11, 2015

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project report documents repeated violations of clean water laws by the county’s largest industrial livestock operations.

Bayfield County’s CAFO moratorium and study committee makes time to get it right

Feb 26, 2015

A one-year moratorium on and a Large Scale Livestock Study Committee is a chance to gather science, clean water concerns, and recommendations for protecting human health and the environment.

CAFO Q&A with Bayfield County Resident Rallying for Clean Water

Feb 17, 2015

Meet Mary Dougherty - a Bayfield County resident who is helping members of her community speak up for protecting clean drinking water for their families and for future generations.