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Action Alert: Need Letters re Operations & Manure Storage Ordinances and re Kretzschmar Dairy's CAFO!

Farms Not Factories sent out a Newsletter with the following information on Friday January 22, 2016:

Fish Creek & Chequamegon Bay After a Heavy Rainfall

Fish Creek & Chequamegon Bay After a Heavy Rainfall

Dear Friend of Farms Not Factories, 

Thank you for all your support over the past year! We’ve come a long way since the County Board meeting on February 18th, 2015 when the Bayfield County Board Supervisors passed a year-long moratorium on siting CAFOs in Bayfield County. The members of the Large Scale Livestock Study Committee (LSLSC) have completed the Herculean task of determining both the risks to public health and safety posed by CAFOs as well as gaps in the current regulations and legislation and have produced a report with recommendations based on clear and convincing scientific data.

I’m writing again to ask you (if you haven’t already)  to contact the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors before January 26th.  It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield county residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO remains a threat to the health and welfare of the area. Existing CAFO regulations do not provide adequate protection and are not well enforced by the DNR.  Further, Bayfield County is required by state law to allow a CAFO applicant to locate (site) within the county, so it is not possible to simply “say no to the CAFO.”  

Therefore, Bayfield County is considering an Operations Ordinance as a means of regulating potential adverse impacts to the community including risks to public health, safety, pollution, and nuisances. They will also be reviewing an Animal Waste Storage and Management Ordinance that will need to be approved by the DNR and is intended to protect South Fish Creek - one of the sources of the city of Ashland's drinking water.  

Please call or write to your Bayfield County Supervisor to express your concerns regarding the CAFO and your support for stringent standards such as those provided by the proposed ordinances. It is critical that board members hear a wide range of perspectives from both Bayfield County constituents and non-Bayfield County residents so that they appreciate the breadth and depth of support for stringent regulations to protect Lake Superior and concerned communities. 

If you are not a Bayfield County resident, please contact Dennis Pocernich, Bayfield County Supervisor Chairman (addresses provided in 4th link, below).  

Here are some tools to help (click on each to open):

It is very important that the county board feels supported as the operations and manure storage ordinance moves forward.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to write letters as well. 

Please plan on attending the Bayfield County Board Meeting at the County Courthouse in Washburn on January 26th at 6 PM

Thanks for lending your voice to this important issue!

The Bad River and Lake Superior After a Rainfall

The Bad River and Lake Superior After a Rainfall

Kretzschmar Dairy in Iron County has applied for a CAFO (WPDES) permit from the Wisconsin DNR and the permit is on public notice. Steve Oberle, a member of the Farms Not Factories team, has a Ph.D in Soil Science from UW-Madison, and is a retired County Conservationist and Land Conservation Department Head from Taylor County, WI. He reviewed the Kretzschmar WPDES application and Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) and found a number of issues that require resolution prior to the WPDES permit issuance by the DNR.

Please read Steve's findings HERE and email your concerns to the DNR about the first dairy CAFO in Lake Superior Basin. All public comments are due by January 26th, 2016. 

Per the Kretzschmar WPDES Fact Sheet, "Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, the terms of the nutrient management plan, or the application, or to request a public informational hearing may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the Department’s final decision when the permit is issued. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed permit from anyone, including U.S. EPA, the permit will be issued as proposed." 

Kretzschmar Holsteins Inc is located at 11606 W Barrs Creed Rd, Saxon, WI 54559 and is in the Potato River Watershed of Lake Superior. Per the WPDES Fact Sheet: "with 966 animal units (690 milking and dry cows), it is estimated that approximately 9,427,950 gallons of manure and process wastewater will be produced per year. The permittee owns approximately 541 acres of cropland and rents about 869 acres." The animal units will increase to 1,680 animal units (1,200 milking and dry cows) in 2018 and the manure and process wastewater will increase to 13,632,750 gallons in 2018-2019. 

Documents related to the Kretzschmar Dairy CAFO:
Conditional Nutrient Management Plan Approval
Kretzschmar WPDES Fact Sheet
Kretzschmar WPDES Draft Permit

Please send comments to the permit drafter before January 26th:
Stacy Martin
5301 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 241-7504

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