Hello Lee,
I’m very concerned with the action being take referenced in your very fine article. I find myself agreeing with the critics who suspect and “worry that in trying to address manure issues, state officials are essentially offering an incentive for dairy farms to grow bigger.”

That’s not a good strategy in areas with fractured bedrock and large cattle populations, says


Stevenson, the former DNR administrator. He is currently president of the board of Midwest Environmental Advocates, a public interest law firm that has used the courts to fight large farms.

“There are places in this state where high-impact agricultural activities like CAFOs simply should not be conducted, with or without biogas digesters,” Stevenson said.

I pose the following question. If wetlands are not to be encroached upon for clear environmental and ecological reasons, why are dairy farms allowed to proliferate in areas where karst geology is a given?
I realize that in asking this question, I will be exposing myself to the ridicule and wrath of folks such as the https://www.midwestdairy.com/farm-life/common-questions/. I don’t really care.
I firmly believe that there are simply some places where CAFO-style dairy farming should not be allowed.
Sincerely, ​
Mike Serpe