Quick Response Actions to Take when Violation is Suspected involving Runoff or Spill Issues
Also available at: "Sustain Rural Wisconsin"
1. Immediately call the DNR 24-hour, toll free hotline: 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-943-0003) and request a conservation warden come to both document your call and sample the area suspicious for contamination -ditch, creek, wetland, etc. There are about 200 conservation and field wardens throughout the state. A good relationship with your local warden might make the difference between getting a quick response and getting his answering machine. If you know your county warden’s name, you can find contact information with the link below. Or check the directory of field offices for your county. To find a warden by name: "Warden Directory", Or use the "Directory of Field Offices".
2. In addition to above, report same via email to the: "Electronic Hotline".
Be very specific about location, date & time, details of your observations.
3. Document area suspicious for contamination with your own photos and use date on camera or sign in foreground with date. If you have a Smart Phone, use this to capture photo.
4. Contact the Ag Runoff Management Specialist for your region. Include precise details of your hotline call, your talk w/warden (or no answer), your photos. A good relationship with your local runoff specialist, who might be responsible for multiple counties, might make the difference between an immediate response or no answer. Always copy in to that email the Coordinator of Ag Runoff Programs around the state: "Tom Bauman".
5. After above is completed, write an email that briefly expresses your observations and your concerns related to above. Send this to the following individuals for maximum exposure to the issue you are respectfully addressing. Request a response. Ask what level of action they are taking to increasing evidence of toxic air, contaminated wells, and violation of public health.
"WDNR Secretary Cathy Stepp" or "WDNR Deputy Secretary Matt Maroney" or
"Your Senator and your Assembly Representative"
Remember to keep copies of every email you send. Consider printing out copies and keeping all together in a single folder. Be the teacher for the next person needing help.
WETLANDS FOR SALE?
Everyone in the last few decades has learned to realize the importance of wetlands as the natural filters for surface and groundwater. State law presently requires property owners and State agencies to mitigate (compensate) for wetland impacts if they have permission to fill wetlands under and individual or agency permit. Presently, mitigation requires the permit holder to: restore, enhance, create or preserve an existing wetland to compensate for wetland loss either by buying credits from an existing mitigation bank or completing mitigation projects. We saw how this requirement was used in the last two years, as special consideration for a wetland destruction in a Fox Valley project deemed as "critical" under political pressure.
Apparently these presently existing mitigation alternatives are not as enabling as wetland manipulators would like and they want more unrestricted freedom. Our Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently developing an in-lieu (in the place of) fee program as a third option for property owners and others to fulfill the mitigation requirement by submitting an additional fee directly to the Wisconsin DNR. This means that any wetlands could be up for grabs by paying the fee to the DNR, including those wetlands impacted by mining operations.
A summary of this proposal and other changes to the existing guidelines for mitigation is available on line at dnr.wi.gov/topic/wetlands/mitigation and you should submit comments by MARCH 15. You might also help insure your next generations supply of clean groundwater by contacting your state legislator/ senator to demand that this proposal be halted before it can be seriously pressured into adoption by the powers at work that stand to benefit. This proposal would apply all over Wisconsin if implemented so take action now! The next generations depend on our protection of groundwater sources.
For the Board of Directors,
Jerry Viste Executive Director
Door County Environmental Council
Will the EPA be knocking on your door?
An interesting article in the Ag Weekly. Will the EPA be visiting a CAFO near you?
Water On The Line: Gogebic Taconite's Push to Mine the Penokee Hills
The following maps put the mining legislation in perspective. Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and Clean Wisconsin have provided them. (The original file is approximately 20 MB in size, it has been reduced to allow easier downloads and viewing). To view a composite file, use the following link:
Water On The Line
In the event you are unable to view the composite file, it has been broken down into three smaller images for easier viewing. To view each smaller file, use the following links:
Water On The Line Part One
Part One: Shows 815 acres of critical wetlands on the proposed iron mine site would have their current protection eliminated by Wisconsin's proposed new mining law.
Water On The Line Part Two
Part Two: Shows where the run off would go. The small red area marked "waste dump area" is enlarged on the map of Part One.
Water On The Line Part Three
Part Three: Shows where the Gogebic Taconites Proposed Penokee Iron Mine is located in Wisconsin. The small red area is enlarged in Part Two and further enlarged in Part One.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 1129/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.
Wisconsin can find ways to mine without disregarding the long-term health of our lands, waters, and people. LRB 1129/1 eliminates Wisconsin's ability to protect public health and natural resources by exempting new mines from water quality and quantity protections for our rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It also increases public exposure to dangerous mining waste, cuts out meaningful citizen involvement throughout the permitting process and allows mining laws to supersede all other environmental laws. Wisconsin must do better than the short-sided, misguided approach taken in LRB 1129/1 that is being rushed through the legislature to benefit one out-of-state mining company.
Conservation NOW announces the pro-conservation positions on issues before the Senate, Assembly and/or Governor in the week ahead to state legislators. Others wishing to follow activities in the state legislature also receive Conservation NOW, including legislative staff, conservation voters, and media. All of these issues are tracked on our website. Issues in the Conservation NOW may appear in the Conservation Scorecard, to be released in the summer of 2014.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
133 S. Butler St., Ste. 320
Madison, WI 53703
fax (608) 661-0835
Visit their website, watch the video's, find it all at:
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange, or SSE is a non-profit organization based near Decorah, Iowa, that preserves heirloom plant varieties through regeneration, distribution and seed exchange. It is one of the largest nongovernmental seedbanks in the United States. The mission of SSE is to preserve the world's diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, and educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity. Since 1975, Seed Savers has produced an annual yearbook of members' seed offerings, as well as multiple editions of The Garden Seed Inventory, and The Fruit, Nut and Berry Inventory. SSE also publishes Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners.
SSE protects crop diversity, which is the biological basis of agriculture. Each year, 1-2% of crop diversity is lost and more than 75% of genetically diverse crops present at the beginning of the 20th century are now gone. Plant breeders need heirloom varieties to confer resistance to evolving diseases and pests and to help plants better adapt to global climate change.
To visit their website:
Some information regarding MRSA
I. Information from the Sierra Club- John Muir Chapter's 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard.
Assembly Bill AB 195/SB 138 prohibits Wisconsin from setting standards for hazardous air emissions from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). SB 138 passed the Senate 24-9, the Assembly concurred, and the bill was signed into law as 2011 WI Act 122.
WI. Act 122 leaves people living next to CAFOs vulnerable to health problems and reduced property values.
II. October 18, 2012, AGRI-VIEW, Article page B-5
LIVING NEAR LIVESTOCK MAY INCREASE RISK OF ACQUIRING MRSA
Article summarized from Science Daily and research done with funding by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
MRSA is the acronym for Methicillin-Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus. This is a very dangerous Gram positive bacterium that has become very resistant to many types of antibiotics such as penicillin and certain first-line antibiotics called beta-lactams.
MRSA can cause minor to life threatening skin, bloodstream, respiratory, urinary and surgical site infections.
Google the information and educate yourselves as to the serious dangers this bacterium presents.
III. SIU School of Medicine (Springfield Illinois University).
Article on: OVERVIEW OF POTENTIAL AGENTS OF BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM.
Go to pages 14 and 15 and read: CATEGORY B AGENTS, TABLE 3-CATEGORY B BIOTERRORISM AGENTS.
You will observe that Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli 0157:H7 (E. Coli) are listed along with a wide range of other micobiological agents. Many of these pathogenic species can be found in animal waste and are inhabitants of intestinal tracts.
IV. Consider and relate this depth of knowledge to the proposed concept of a "Spray Irrigation/Center Pivot Workgroup" put together in the Summer of 2012 by Tom Bauman (WI DNR) and Andrew Craig (WI DNR Nutrient Management SPecialist). In an e mail memo sent on July 16th, 2012, Mr. Bauman set the framework for forming this group. The 17 recipients of this e-mail memo included FACTORY DAIRY owners, a trucker, and engineers in the DNR and DATCP--and one person from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Dr. Robert Thiboldeaux, State of Wisconsin toxicologist, the only one with in-depth training in the area of public health issues. The present status of this TASKFORCE and its recommendations remain unknown. The lack of transparency is a major concern for the public and public health issues inherent in such a atmosphere of secrecy and exclusivity.
Sincerely, Dr. William Iwen