Protect Wood County and its Neighbors is an established and growing group of passionate, informed, and determined individuals whose sole mission is to preserve and protect the environment and quality of life that we all value.
The environment and quality of life of Wood County and its neighbors is in danger of being negatively affected by the Wysocki Family of Companies' proposed Golden Sands Dairy concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO). The Golden Sands Dairy would contain 6130 animal units (5,300 cows) on 8000 acres of what is currently managed forest land. The map of the site only begins to show its environmental impact. The facts below outline the environmental danger to the area.
50 Million Gallons of Waste
The proposed Golden Sands Dairy would produce approximately 50 million gallons of liquid waste per year, which would be spread practically untreated on fields near hundreds of homes. That is enough liquid waste to fill 75 full-sized Olympic swimming pools.
The Golden Sands Dairy would house 5,300 cows, producing as much waste as a city with a population of 106,000 people every single day. Would you want that much waste spread around your homes?
One year after converting previously forested land in nearby Armenia to crop land, wells have shown a tenfold increase in nitrate pollution to the point that it exceeds safe drinking water standards. Saratoga residents should be very concerned with this increase in groundwater pollution because it shows how susceptible our sandy soil is to contamination under extremely similar circumstances.
Over 150 Pathogens
There are over 150 pathogens in manure that could impact human health. Ecoli, Listeria, and Salmonella are just a few examples. The wind can carry microorganisms and live pathogens from irrigation systems into your homes and into your lungs.
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
CAFO operations keep their animals on a regimen of antibiotics in an attempt to keep their animals healthy in such dense environments. Most of these antibiotics are not absorbed by the animals and end up in manure. This is an ideal environment for new antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria to develop, and research shows an increase in antibiotic resistent infections in close proximity to CAFO operations.
6 Mile Air Pollution Radius
CAFO odors can be smelled from as far as 5 or 6 miles away. Saratoga, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards and Rome will all be affected. CAFOs fill the air with several pollutants, all of which have varying human health risks.
7.3 Billion Gallons of Water
Forty-nine high capacity wells would be capable of pumping 7.3 billion gallons of water from the groundwater aquifer annually. That is enough ground water removed from the aquifer to fill Nepco Lake approximately four times every year.
50% Decrease in Property Values
Establishing a CAFO has a serious impact on local property values, a 50% decrease in Nebraska and Washington. Is this the future we want for Wisconsin?