Letter Writing Tips
Letters to law-makers are one of the most effective ways to influence change. Elected officials have stated that a personalized, mailed letter receives more consideration than a canned email.
General tips for letter writing
Keep it simple – address a single issue
Aim for one page or less
Cite specifics when possible
Thank the recipient for their consideration and service
Suggested outline and topics
Name and credentials
i.e. Where you work, if you own a business, and/or have relevant expertise
Why do you live in Bayfield County/what do you value about the area?
Provide details on the issue
Describe your concerns regarding the CAFO
i.e. Environmental harm, health/safety impacts, traffic, odor, negative effects on tourism or other industries, impacts to your job or business, the expansion of this CAFO and/or others entering the community
Include specific examples of how the CAFO may impact you and/or your business
Indicate why you feel more stringent regulations are necessary
Reference other examples of regulatory failure, cutbacks with the DNR, Lake Superior and its watershed warranting more protection
Request an action
State what action(s) you’d like the county to take in protecting our community from the proven environmental and economic harm from CAFOs
As a Bayfield County tax payer, would you support the pursuit of legal methods, if needed?