By Dave Collins -
At the base of a hill, a thousands feet below Harvest lane where a 5000 sow feeder pig factory farm (CAFO) has been proposed, a stream drains runoff from the hills, passes under Kickapoo Valley Road and empties into the Kickapoo River less than a mile away. The current CAFO in Wauzeka spreads pig manure on some of the fields above this stream, and most surely adds to the current alarming pollution levels.
Crawford Stewardship Project (CSP) has been monitoring for years 8 sites of special concern paying for additional testing of Phosphorus, E. coli and other test. These eight sites fall into three watershed zones (drainage from around existing Roth CAFO in Wauzeka, around the proposed Roth CAFO on Harvest Ln. and around KD Partners, a large dairy operation on Co. Hwy W.
In general, results have been bad, with the last year giving record results (40-50 times the standards for Phosphorus, and over 1000 times the levels for E. coli) in all zones.
In the above video Ric Thill, a volunteer for the Crawford Stewardship Project, demonstrates how they take regular samples of the various streams. He expresses alarm at the levels of pollutants and antibiotic resistant bacteria found at this site.