Citizens Shouldn’t Have to Force the Government to Enforce the Law

This is a story from Wisconsin, but similar stories are playing out every day all over the US. Stories about big dairy farms, hog farms, poultry farms. Stories about people whose health, homes and communities were adversely impacted by putting too many animals in too small an area. Kewaunee County, near Green Bay Wisconsin has 14 permitted CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations of 1,000 animal units, about 700 dairy cows) giving it one of the highest livestock densities in the state. Wisconsin has over 220 dairy CAFO’s and according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) there are currently about 30 more permit applications pending. Clearly, the move to fewer and bigger livestock operations is a growing trend.With more cows comes more manure and when concentrated in a smaller area the possibility of ground and surface water pollution becomes a very real threat.With 30% of the private wells tested in Kewaunee county and 50% of the wells in the county’s Lincoln Township contaminated with E. coli and other contaminants it would appear that the threat is now a reality.Read More.Scource: Counterpunch.Org/Jim Goodman