Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Crawford Stewardship Project

The Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice and local control of natural resources.


The project’s mission statement is “empowered communities in sustainable relationship with thriving ecosystems.” Mainly, the Crawford Stewardship Project has three primary goals: community education and empowerment; protecting and actively practicing democracy and local control; and protecting and improving their ecosystems and natural resources.   Their protection and improvement oversight includes drinking water, surface water, mining threats, and sustainable agriculture.


An additional area of particular interest is with karst geology. Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are made up of a bedrock of dolomite and limestone that is continually dissolved by water. One unique opportunity that the CSP offers:  they are looking for help to create an educational book on karst geology. The book will be targeted for ages 6-10, and will feature personified local animals learning about the world underneath our feet, interconnectedness, and themselves in the process. The book will also introduce basic local hydrogeology, and raise awareness that everything is connected. The commission for the author will be $500.00, and the artist commission is $2,000.00 – and those interested can apply by May 31st by contacting: or by calling Sarah Barron: 608-632-1987.


In upcoming events, the Crawford Stewardship Project, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Socially Responsible Ag Project, and many more allies will be co-sponsoring a virtual public forum on the direction of agriculture. Attendees will hear and inquire about Crawford County’s experience with a CAFO, proposed expansions, regulations, and lessons learned; engage with a panel of sustainable and regenerative farmers and experts about resilient pathways forward for agriculture; and network and strategize with a panel of community organizers from across the Midwest. The event will take place on June 5th from 1:00–5:00pmRegister in advance for this meeting:

Or call the UW Extension office to register by phone: 608-326-0223


And, here's an urgent Action Alert from the Crawford Stewardship Project:


Action Needed by ALL!

Help our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Request to the DNR

Please join the hundreds of citizens and now 48 Wisconsin organizations expressing support for a request that DNR prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) known as Roth Feeder Pig II in Crawford County.

Now is the time for US ALL to be reaching out to the WI State apparatus in support of our request for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)!

This next week is our last opportunity to pressure the DNR, and we need as many voices as possible in this campaign!

Please share widely within your networks, the more the better! 
Please email comments to ALL the following contacts:

Brian Weigel – DNR Watershed Management Director

Adam Mednick – DNR WEPA Coordinator

Chris Clayton – DNR NR Program Manager

Tyler Dix – DNR CAFO WPDES Permit Coordinator

Claire O’Connell – DNR Wastewater Specialist

Mark Cain – DNR Wastewater Engineer

Eric Struck – DNR Wastewater Specialist

Andrew Craig – DNR Water Resources Management

Laura Bub – DNR NR Basin Supervisor

Governor Tony Evers

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

Also, Wenona Wolf (Deputy Chief of Staff)

Simply copy and paste this list into your email:

Phone calls directed to: 

Brian Weigel – DNR Watershed Management Director

work phone: (608)-225-4964

Watch a video with Midwest Environmental Advocates and Crawford Stewardship Project for more information on this process and the CAFO in question, or read more in this recent NPR Article.

Framework for Public comments

Key Facts

Roth Feeder Pig II is a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation that is seeking a permit from DNR to operate in Crawford County.

Roth Feeder Pig II, in combination with the existing Roth Feeder Pig I, a few miles away, would be the largest hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the state of Wisconsin.

This new facility proposes to spread 9.4 million gallons of liquid manure on just 1,295 acres of land over sensitive karst geology and extreme slopes of driftless southwest Wisconsin.

Watersheds in this area are already severely impacted by pollution, and local stream monitoring suggests that this may already be worsening.

The local township and county do not have the resources or will to deal with negative externalities of the proposed operation.

Key Messages

The residents of Crawford County repeatedly emphasize the value, including aesthetic, economic, and recreational value, of clean water in their community.

A new, large CAFO in a region with known sensitivity puts the community at risk.

DNR has the responsibility to protect environmental resources and public health.

DNR, the Evers Administration, and both parties in the legislature have championed the value and need for clean water in Wisconsin.

DNR has the authority create an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which would better analyze and document the potential environmental effects of the proposed CAFO.

The petition for an EIS was filed on behalf of over 200 Crawford County Residents who want to make sure that any proposed projects will not deteriorate the surface water, groundwater, or health of the community.

Our goal is to ensure that the topic of the EIS request is regularly discussed by all of the decision-makers! 
All letters, phone calls, and e-mails raising concerns and urging DNR to approve the request will greatly assist the effort.
Here are a few specific asks that people could make:

Publicly support EIS request

Meeting with County residents to discuss concerns

Ask DNR to acknowledge and respond to request

Ask DNR to approve request

Ask DNR to explain its decision-making process

If the DNR response to your contact mentions that the application has been approved, this only means that the application materials have been accepted. This proposal is still being reviewed.

Contact for more information, questions, or guidance: 

Forest JahnkeProgram Coordinator
                 (608) 632-2183

Eli MandelCommunity Engagement Coordinator
           (608) 632-4213



Crawford Stewardship Project
Contact: Forest Jahnke
Address: PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631       Phone: 608-735-4277




Spotlight article submitted by WNPJ volunteer, Ambar Cornelio