Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) threatens Lake Superior; Citizens take action


Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

April 21, 2015 by Mary Doughtery

Giant open-air cesspool from a CAFO featured in Mark  Devries' drone video of a factory farm. Giant open-air cesspool from a CAFO featured in Mark Devries’ drone video of a factory farm.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) was a foreign word in the Lake Superior Basin prior to the summer of 2014. Today the residents of Bayfield County know many new terms: nutrient management plans (NMP), best management practices, manure lagoons, gestation crates and animal units.

As the community learned about these things, We The People became very concerned and engaged. An organized response sprang to life, challenging a corporate factory hog operator from Iowa. The proposed Badgerwood facility is projected to have 26,000 hogs, annual production of 6.8 million gallons of liquid manure, annual facility water usage of nearly 34 million gallons—all in close proximity to Lake Superior, 10% of the world’s fresh water.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO is sited in the Town of Eileen in the Fish Creek Watershed less…

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