Stop yet another factory farm and turn the tide against big business!
  • Petitioned Secretary Cathy Stepp

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Secretary Cathy Stepp
Wisconsin Governor
Wisconsin State Senate
Wisconsin State House

Stop yet another factory farm and turn the tide against big business!

    1. Petition by

      Bob Clarke

      Belvidere, IL

The Richfield Dairy (CAFO – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) near Coloma, WI was recently approved by the Wisconsin DNR and will initially house nearly 5000 cows under one roof potentially placing drinking water, trout streams and nearby Pleasant Lake in jeopardy and at the same time will degrade air quality.  But this approval does not limit the number of animals allowed!  Another CAFO in the state owned by the same corporation already has nearly 10,000 animals.  The high-capacity well permit approval caps the dairy’s annual water withdrawals at 131 million gallons, yet evidence was submitted to the DNR that even a lower amount of annual withdrawal—52 million gallons—would lower lake levels by an average of 2 inches per year and would reduce stream flows by 5%.  The DNR stated that it did not view these reductions as a “significant adverse environmental impact.”  While recognizing and agreeing with the impact based on 52 million gallons, the DNR actually approved an amount 2.5 times that amount that will potentially on average reduce lake levels by nearly 6 inches and stream flows by 20% or more!  Enough is enough!  This decision ignores the science and puts business ahead of all else. Help us stop this decision and support the legal fight on behalf of the citizens.  Show your support … and please donate now at www.stoptherichfieldcafo.org    Tell your friends on FaceBook and Twitter!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Working our way through the courts

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      All of our requests for a Contested Case Hearing have been granted so we will have our day in court! Local residents are now seeing the bad side of this CAFO and are signing on to help. Please continue to support our cause! Pass this on to your friends.. we need to raise money for the legal fight as well to turn back the growth of these dairy factories! Enough is enough!

    3. Permits approved - Lawsuits filed!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      The State of WI recently approved the permits required for this factory farm while agreeing with the scientific evidence that nearby waters would be negatively impacted. They seem to think that that the lowering of a nearby lake by an average of 6 inches isn't enough harm to be concerned about and reduction of stream flows in nearby class 1 trout streams by possibly 10 - 20% really doesn't matter. Friends of the Central Sands, along with local property owners, has filed suit against the State and has requested a hearing to contest the decisions. This request was recently granted but we need your help! With legal fees already approaching $50,000 we have a long way to go. All eyes are on this case as it is the first high capacity well approved following a recent WI Supreme Court decision.

      We must prevail and you can help!

      Tell your friends! Enough is enough!

      Make a small donation today - even just $10 will help!
      www.stoptherichfieldcafo.org

    4. Department of Natural Resources reconsidering the high capacity well permit

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      Read the latest update in this major turn of events in our favor!

    5. One last push prior to a decision!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      We have just a few short weeks to stop the permit from being issued. Lets get to 3000 soon and you can help - post on FaceBook, Share with your friends. We need your help!

    6. Major new initiative to be announced soon!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      Because of your support a major new initiative will be launched soon. Share this petition with your friends...you are making a difference!

    7. Wells..a deep subject for CAFO's especially when contaminated!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      The monitoring wells from a sister CAFO to this proposed Richfield CAFO show contamination. This must be stopped! This petition along with other efforts are causing the WDNR to review the application in more detail. We are making progress!

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. Dairy Fight Gains National Attention

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      Hundreds showing up for a hearing, signs everywhere, t-shirts as a sign of support.. this is what you are doing to stop this dairy! We filed a suit and will continue to fight against this and other factory farms. Your support is critical!

    10. Opponents of Mega-Dairy File Lawsuit

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      New story in The Northwestern: "Dairy Neighbor Files Lawsuit to Prevent 4,000-Plus Animal Operation Near Coloma"

    11. Check Out Photos of Activists

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Hearings about the proposed factory farm were flooded with local activists, many wearing red, "No CAFO" tee-shirts. Check out the activists in action here:

    12. Factory Farm Hearing Draws Huge Crowd, Lots of Media Attention

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In a stuffy room in Wisconsin, upwards of 500 people gathered for a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hearing on a proposed factory dairy farm that would bring 5,000 cows to Richfield, WI. Many in attendance wore red "No CAFO" tee-shirts and...

    13. Find Out More About the Richfield CAFO

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Want more information about how devastating this mega-dairy would be to the region? Check out Stop the Richfield CAFO's Web site here:

    14. Public Hearing was held

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      With over 700 in attendence the deck was stacked with person after person who either works for or has direct financial benefit from the dairy corporation. We need you to speak up loud and now! Get everyone you know to sign this petition.. Enough!

    15. Public Hearing TODAY!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      There's a public hearing about the proposed factory dairy farm TODAY, 7/18! Petition creator Bob Clarke will deliver the petition signatures to Wisconsin officials today, so please voice your opposition to the mega-dairy now!

    16. Reached 1,500 signatures
    17. Crunchtime!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      We have been noticed. The media is all over this fight and with a recent court ruling everyone is trying to determine the next step. Our large number of signatures opposing the dairy is helping to tip the scales. Keep the petition circulating!

    18. Hearing Scheduled for July 18th!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      A public hearing on the proposed mega dairy will take place this coming Monday, July 18th! Activists will deliver this petition to officials then, so please voice your opposition now!

    19. Only 3 Days Left to Stop a Wisconsin Factory Farm

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      When a factory farm sets its sights on a community, it takes a pretty dedicated group to keep it from being built. A group fighting a 5,000-cow dairy farm in Richfield, Wisconsin has taken some pretty big steps to do just that. Activists stoked the...

    20. Just this one "dairy" CAFO will ....with nearly 5000 cows...

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      -Increase annual traffic by nearly 15,000 truck loads – averaging over 40 trucks a day every day of the year
      -Release nearly 600 tons of ammonia per year
      -Create nearly 60 million gallons of liquid manure and 8.5 tons of solid manure per year

    21. Countdown....

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      With the hearing just 5 days away the word is spreading! Share this petition with everyone you know..we need your help! The big dairy corporations are starting to fight back so we need to show them that enough is enough!

    22. CAFOs Decrease Property Values

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      According to a University of Missouri study, land within 3 miles of a factory farm loses 6.6 percent of its value. Land within one-tenth of a mile of a CAFO loses 88.3 percent of its value!

    23. Public Hearing on 7/18!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      A public hearing about this proposed factory farm has been scheduled for July 18th. Make your opposition to this CAFO heard before then!

    24. Reached 1,000 signatures
    25. The race is heating up!

      Bob Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      Given the attention that we have generated on this proposed CAFO we have heard from numerous organizations around the state in support of our efforts. Enough is enough! The press is paying attention...now we have to up our game! Share this petition!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Juliana Schwarz ROCHESTER, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Half a foot and 20% isn't a "significant adverse environmental impact"? If you don't care about that, the least you can do is admit it. Don't just say it's not significant. You're not fooling anybody.

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    • tamara scully COLUMBIA, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      I only drink milk from small, family dairies where the health of the cows is paramount. We do NOT need factory-farmed mega-dairy milk anywhere in this country. Stop big milk, and support local dairy families.

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    • NILDA ALVAREZ SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO
      • almost 2 years ago

      NO A LA CRUELDAD!!!

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    • miles kenn KINGSTON, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please stop abusing animals!!!

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    • Kristen Phaneuf STERLING, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is torture for all these helpless animals!!! The conditions are inhumane!!!

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