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!
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