Saturday, February 24, 2018

Get me rewrite UPDATE: Owner of Kewaunee County CAFO dies in Indiana plane crash

Title card source:  Wisconsin Watch
Map source:  Groundwater contamination susceptibility map (USGS)

Reported in Prominent Wisconsin dairy farmer killed when Green Bay-bound plane crashes in Indiana.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/23/2018)

Related reading:
Letter to the Editor: Weidner’s “Pagel Paradox”.  (Door County Daily News, 9/18/2017) 
Living near CAFO reduces property value, DOR rules.  (Wisconsin State Farmer, 11/27/2017)
Dairy industry icon among those killed in plane crash in Indiana.  (, 2/23/2018)

1/25/2018 update, "The Trump effect has Scott Walker and his WI GOP minions running scared in this election year (the CAFO/Kewaunee County/tainted groundwater edition)", starts here.

Source of CAFOs map:  Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network

11/9/2017 update, "UPDATE. Dear Kewaunee County residents, Don't drink the water!", starts here.

Reported in Walker proposal to alter large farm regulation alarms environmentalists.  (Capital Times, 10/27/2017)

DATCP = Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, but Scott Walker has clearly shown he has absolutely no interest in the CP.  

9/9/2016 update, "WI DNR secretary Cathy Stepp stands by her CAFO dairymen", starts here.

Quoted in Farms to subsidize cost of safe drinking water for those with tainted wells.  (, 9/8/2016)

5/5/2016 update, " Manure 101: A typical dairy cow produces 148 pounds per day", starts here.

Source of title statistic:  University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Source: Kewaunee County Cow Count increases to 98,000.  (Green Bay Press-Gazette, 9/12/2015)

Consequently, these headlines should come as no surprise.

As usual Ms. Stepp arrives late to the party.  On Monday, DNR Secretary released an editorial to news organizations saying her agency, in addition to the efforts of work groups, is taking steps to address water issues in and around the county.
With so much manure being spread on the landscape, Luft said the results are a sign that manure is the likely source of the tainted wells.

Original 11/15/2015 post, "Dear Kewaunee County, You voted for him, now you're paying the consequences", starts here.

2010 source:  US election atlas
2014 source:  Politico

Yup, your county is 'open for business'.

Something's in the water in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.  (Aljazeera America, 11/13/2015)
CAFOs in Wisconsin require a permit from the state Department of Natural Resources, which under Gov. Scott Walker’s leadership has appointed a secretary lauded for her chamber of commerce approach to natural resources. The current DNR administration has lower enforcement rates than under previous governors, and has faced budget and staff cuts.  [emphasis added]

Related posts:
Scott Walker telegraphs that Wisconsin DNR will likely ignore UW, USDA and other findings. (11/14/2015)
September 2015 UPDATE: On June 6, 2014, employees of Michael, Best & Friedrich donated $28,046.81 to Scott Walker and $500 to Mary Burke.  (9/17/2015)
Kewaunee County's CAFO concentration.  (10/23/2014)

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